The Australian Bushfire Building Conference is an annual event for industry professionals with a focus on planning and building in bushfire-prone areas.
It brings together architects, designers, bushfire consultants, builders, emergency services, certifiers, planners, researchers, regulators and suppliers with a range of sessions, workshops, field trips and networking events to help Australia build a better, stronger and more resilient community.
In 2020 the event will go ahead as a virtual conference with a live conference to be added if health regulations allow.
The event is presented by Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE), a not-for-profit organisation for economic development in the Blue Mountains.
In 2013 the Blue Mountains suffered from tragic losses as a result of bushfires. In response, BMEE organised the first Bushfire Building Conference, held in 2015.
In 2016, BMEE was the winner of the NSW Resilient Australia Award (Business), presented by the NSW government, and won the Economic Development Australia Award in the event category for its work on the Bushfire Conference. This success, coupled with the industry feedback the first Conference received, ensured the Conference would become an annual event.
Since 2015 it has grown in size and focus, from being Blue Mountains-centric at the outset, to its current national focus.
The free public Community Day is held the Saturday after the industry-only Conference and includes a public Forum, Marketplace/Expo and lots of family-friendly activities.
In 2020 the Community Day will go ahead if health regulations allow on Saturday September 19, and will be held at a venue to be confirmed in the Upper Blue Mountains, where the 2019/20 bushfires had the most impact.