Bushfire building standard goes public

By Gerv Tacadena | 20 Feb 2020

The Australian government and Standards Australia will be providing access to bushfire standards as part of the rebuilding efforts in affected communities.

Access to AS 3959:2018 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas will be available until the end of June 2021.

The standard provides technical design requirements for building houses in bushfire-prone areas. It is concerned with improving the ability of buildings to withstand bushfire-related threats.

"Everything that we've heard so far is telling us that houses built to the standard performed well. We're currently looking for data about how AS 3959:2018 homes held up and working with relevant committees to support their ongoing work to help in this rebuilding phase," said Adrian O'Connell, CEO at Standards Australia.

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Kristin Brookfield, chief executive for industry policy at the Housing Industry Association, said this move by the government and Standards Australia will help the rebuilding process for builders and homeowners.

She said making the standard public will be able to reduce the red tape involved in designing and building homes.

"The residential building industry relies heavily on these technical standards and contributes significant time and resources to support their development," Brookfield said.

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