Elements of a bushfire resilient house - Image 2

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Building construction and design

Siting, design features and construction standards can enhance the protection of a building. Some of these features include:

  • Building on level ground to avoid embers entering the spaces below the building.
  • If land is sloping, build on cut-in benches rather than elevating the structure.
  • Avoid raised floors, utilise concrete slabs.
  • Reduce the bulk of a building (height and width) facing a bushfire hazard.

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Static water sources

Adequate water supply is critical for any firefighting operation. Most urban areas will have a reticulated water supply which should be easily accessible and located at regular intervals. Remember that water pressure may fail in a bushfire. An additional water source (i.e. water tank or pool) is a good idea to provide property protection even if you are not there to defend your home. This should have a minimum reserve of 5,000 litres (i.e. if you want to run a sprinkler device or notify firefighters that a static water supply is available).

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Roof sprinklers

Install a fire sprinkler system to your roof and gutters. These systems can dispense water on to the walls, roofs, windows and other elements of a building. They should be regularly tested before the commencement of the fire season.

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External doors

Doors can be fitted with draught seals/excluders or weather strips to eliminate gaps. It would be good to install fine metal mesh screens on doors. Door mats, if any, should be of non-combustible material or in areas of low potential exposure.

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Hose attachment.jpgFire hose and pumps

Hoses should be long enough to reach around your house. Check regularly that hoses, hose reels, pumps and fittings are in working order.

Pumps and other fittings should be shielded, if possible, and made of non-combustible materials. Make sure they can connect to your water sources.

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Vents and weepholes

Seal vents, weepholes and other openings greater than 3 mm in external walls with a mesh having a maximum aperture of 2mm and made of corrosion-resistant steel, bronze or aluminium.

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Gutter guards.jpgGutter guards

The use of box gutters should be avoided. Guttering and gutter valleys should be non-combustible. Gutters should be limited to the lowest possible levels of the roof to improve access and ease of maintenance. 

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Landscaping and vegetation selection Access Enclosed external structures Maintenance Simplified roofline Windows and shutters Static Water Supply sign Asset Protection Zone Inner Protection Area Outer Protection Area Fences and other structures

Building construction and design Static water sources Roof sprinklers External doors Fire hose and pumps Vents and weepholes Gutter guards