We are looking forward to welcoming delegates to the 2021 Australian Bushfire Building Conference.

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Conference Program Schedule

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Monday 1 November 2021

12.30pmVirtual Doors Open
1.00pmBPAD Forum
General BPAD Update - FPAA
BPAD Forum
Dr Maria Kornakova - FPAA
2.00pmBPAD Forum
NSW RFS Update
Mathew Smith - NSW Rural Fire Service
2.30pmBPAD Forum
How regulators are calculating effective slope - Perspective from the NSW RFS
Alastair Patton - NSW Rural Fire Service
3.00pmAfternoon Break and Virtual Networking - BPADs
3.30pmBPAD Forum
Better Bushfire Outcome - Open Forum discussion
4.30pmBPAD Forum
Wrap up and close
5.00pmBPAD Forum Concludes
5.30pmVirtual Welcome Reception - Online Networking
All ABBC2021 Delegates
7.00pmWelcome Reception concludes


Tuesday 2 November 2021

8.30amVirtual Doors Open / Welcome
8.45amOfficial Conference OpeningMark Greenhill - Mayor - City of Blue Mountains
8.55amNSW Rural Fire Service Keynote PresentationRob Rogers, AFSM - NSW Rural Fire Service
9.40amFailure is not an option - We are facing a climate emergencyProf Will Steffen - Australian National University
10.10amTBA FireFly Passive Fire ProtectionPlatinum Sponsor Presentation
10.25amMorning Tea breakSpeed Networking and Virtual Exhibition
11.00amClimate Conscious Planning SystemsJohn Brockhoff - Australian Planning Institute and Jaime Hogan- Waverley Council
11.30amNational Bushfire Intelligence CapabilityJustin Leonard - CSIRO
12.00pmFixing issues in the planning system -
We’re partnering with agencies to remove roadblocks
Susan Fox - Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE)
12.20pmBushfire ControlGold Sponsor Presentation
12.30pmLunch BreakSpeed Networking and Virtual Exhibition

 Stream A | Stream B 
1.15pmPractical and theoretical issues: Integrating urban planning and emergency managementProf Alan March - University of Melbourne|1.15pmAsset Protection Zone – performance under extreme bushfire conditionsMike Scott - Bushfire Prone Planning
1.45pmHas the application of statutory Bushfire Planning Guidelines hit the mark?Rod Rose - Eco Logical Australia|1.45pmFull-scale test of a Safe Room under simulated bushfire conditionsDr Anthony Ariyanayagam - Queensland University of technology
2.15pmStriking the Balance: A case study in the pragmatic application of bushfire science and spatial risk assessment to improve bushfire risk managementNathan Kearnes - Eco Logical Australia|2.15pmFlame AttachmentPhillip Couch - Newcastle Bushfire Consulting
2.45pmAfternoon Tea break|2.45pmAfternoon Tea Break

3.15pmMapping bushfire performance solutions and product application complianceBenjamin Hughes-Brown - Ignis Group
3.45pmArchitects Session - BAL 40/FZ HomesNigel Bell- ECODesign Architects
Jamie Brennan - Six B Design
Ingrid Donald - Ingrid Donald Architect
4.20pmPanel Discussion and Q&AsJoshua Burg - HIA
Dr Maria Kornakova - FPAA
Justin Leonard - CSIRO
David Boverman - NSW RFS
Grahame Douglas - WSU
5.30pmEnd of Conference Day 1
5.30pmVirtual Networking SessionBlue Mountains Stargazing


Wednesday 3 November 2021

 Stream A | Stream B 
9.00amCommunity-led recovery and resilience buildingAssoc Prof Briony Rogers - Monash University |9.00amCombining simulated bushfire testing and assessments - The PossibilitiesMasis Altun - Warringtonfire
9.30amListening to bushfire survivorsAlvyn Williams - Soft Loud Architects|9.30amVictorian Building Authority Bushfire Audit Findings Keesje Wassink - Victorian Building Authority
10.00am‘Living on the Razor’s Edge’: a personal perspective
on trying to balance fire management for both asset
protection and biodiversity
Mark Schuster - Ku-ring-gai Council|10.00amMeeting the Firies halfway: the role of FireWise education and landscaping in creating more responsible and safer rural communitiesChris Ferreira - The Forever Project
10.30amMorning breakNetworking and Virtual Exhibition
10.50amBuilding in bushfire prone areas - a standards perspectiveHenrietta Tan - Standards Australia
11.05amOne House to Save Many - Multihazard Resilient HomeLisa Harrison - Suncorp
11.35amInnovation Session - Audacious Solutions for Audacious ProblemsDr Ian Weir- QUT and Futurist Mark Pesce
12.10pmQ&As and Conference CloseBushfire Protection Association
Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Australia
1.00pmEnd of Conference Day 2

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