Bushfire Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes

It is widely known that bushfire regulated buildings offer a greater chance of survival compared to those that are not. What is more contentious is the actual level of improvement in survival bushfire regulated buildings offer.

This level of improvement can depend on many factors including:

  • Design and siting details that fall outside of regulations
  • How well the house and landscape are maintained over its life
  • What modification are made to the house during its life
  • How well building and landscaping work together in a bushfire

For these reasons a bushfire best practice guide will assist on helping home owns make the choices as to navigate a regulated approach as well as understand where and how they can make significant improvements. It is all about adapting the design, construction and materials of buildings and the surrounding landscape or garden to increase the chances people and their homes surviving a bushfire.

Architects James Davidson (Principal, JDA Co.) and Clive Ba-Pe (Associate, JDA Co.) have worked in the space of climate adaptation for many years, with a goal to affect policy change by taking what has been learned on the ground in people’s homes and applying that knowledge on Local & State government projects.

Primarily focused on flood resilient design, JDA Co. has shared their research & practical knowledge by creating numerous government-funded guidelines, most notably the Flood Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes, published by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).

Together with CSIRO (bushfire adaptation team), JDA Co. has helped shape the soon to be released Bushfire Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes (QRA & CSIRO). This guide aims to educate homeowners and construction industry professionals on bushfire resilient strategies from site planning & landscape advice, through to construction details and material selections for both new builds & renovations to existing Queensland homes.
This Conference presentation on Thursday Sept 17 2020 will describe how architects and designers can implement the guide to design best practice bushfire resilient solutions – rather than minimum compliance – to their residential projects. The guide takes a holistic approach, helping identify both hazards within the building envelope as well as the surrounding context and uses this to drive well-designed resilient solutions.