THE BEST 12 BUSHFIRE RESISTANT HOUSE DESIGN IDEAS 2020

Find below the best 12 bushfire resistant house design ideas in 2020. Curated by MAU. Senior Digital Marketing Specialist at eDigital.



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THE BEST 12 BUSHFIRE RESISTANT HOUSE DESIGN IDEAS AND EXAMPLES IN 2020

You can review below different house design alternatives and ways for bush-fire resistant house building for bushfire-prone areas. It is now time for you to re-think different bushfire resistant home designs ideas.

Find below some of the best bushfire resistant house design ideas and examples. We hope the below images provide hope and inspiration to not only for remote marketers living on the Australian bush but anyone who wants to build a bushfire resistant house.

ELEMENTAL HOUSE – BUSHFIRE RESISTANT DESIGN 

Design: Ben Callery Architects. Location: High Camp, Victoria, Australia.

Benefit: The external timber is spotted gum, an Australian hardwood that is so durable it complies with bushfire rating requirements. The windows are the maximum allowable size with the high wind loads, and they needed to be 1.31 feet above the ground on the eastern facade, due to the risk of bushfire.

Elemental house bushfire resistance design Ben Callery High Camp Victoria Australia

Elemental house bushfire resistance design Ben Callery High Camp Victoria Australia

CLAM-SHAPED CABINBUSHFIRE RESISTANT HOUSE DESIGN AUSTRALIA

bushfire resistant house design corrugated steel aluminum window frames non-combustible materials cabin australia

bushfire resistant house design corrugated steel aluminium window frames non-combustible materials cabin Australia

Architect Mark Fullgar chose corrugated steel, aluminium window frames, and strengthened glass—cost-effective, non-combustible materials, given the cabin’s location in a rural fire zone Northwest of Sydney, NSW, Australia

MT MACEDON HOUSEBUSHFIRE RESISTANT HOUSE – FIELD OFFICE ARCHITECTURE – MACEDON RANGES, VICTORIA AUSTRALIA 

bushfire resistant house design mt macedon house melbourne victoria australia field office architecture

bushfire resistant house design Mt Macedon house Melbourne Victoria Australia field office architecture

An affordable fire-resistance architect-design house depending on the size and location may cost between AUD$250.000 to AUD$500.000, according to the information we have gathered on the internet.

AIREYS RAMP HOUSEBUSHFIRE RESISTANT TIMBER HOUSE – IRONS MACDUFF – AIREYS INLET GREAT OCEAN ROAD VICTORIA AUSTRALIA 

bushfire resistant timber Aireys Ramp House Irons McDuff Architecture Aireys Inlet great ocean road victoria australia

bushfire resistant timber Aireys Ramp House Irons McDuff Architecture Aireys Inlet Great Ocean Road Victoria Australia

WHAT IS BAL?

A BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) is a means of measuring a building’s potential exposure to ember attack, radiant heat and direct flame contact, in a bushfire event. It is a basis for establishing the requirements for construction to improve the protection of building elements from attack by bushfire.

If your property is in a designated Bushfire Prone Area, a site assessment is required to be carried out for all building permit applications for both new homes and renovations to existing homes, regardless of whether or not vegetation is present on or adjacent to the site. The reason for this is that the relevant building surveyor (RBS) issuing the building permit will need to be satisfied that the correct level of construction has been applied to the building as per the new Standard. Measuring the distance from vegetation that may pose a threat is most important and the Standard requires that
measurements are taken horizontally from vegetation to the external wall of the proposed building, or for parts of the building that do not have external walls (including carports, verandas, decks, landings, steps and ramps), to the supporting posts or columns.

The following parts of the building are excluded when determining the distance to vegetation:

  • Eaves and roof overhangs
  • Rainwater and domestic fuel tanks
  • Chimneys, pipes, cooling or heating appliances or other services.
  • Unroofed pergolas
  • Sunblinds
  • Landings, terraces, steps and ramps, not more than 1 m in height

Your state government provides information about  “Bushfire attack level” (BAL) categories and areas at risk. The examination will include assessing:

  • Construction type
  • Resistance to radiant heat from a fire
  • Proximity to outbuildings
  • Vegetation issues
  • Fire shielding

BELLBIRD RETREAT HOUSEBUSHFIRE RESISTANT ROOF – STEENDIJK ARCHITECTS – KILLARNEY, GOLD COAST HINTERLAND, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA 

bushfire resistant roof Bellbird Retreat House Steendijk Killarney gold coast hinterland queensland australia

bushfire resistant roof Bellbird Retreat House Steendijk Killarney gold coast hinterland Queensland Australia

The cost of fire-proof building materials is decreasing. CSRIO-tested window shutters are a good example of this.

BELL-EASTAWAY HOUSE – BUSHFIRE RESISTANT HOUSE DESIGN 

bushfire resistant house design ball eastaway house glenorie sydney nsw glenn murcutt architecture

bushfire resistant house design ball Eastaway House Glenorie Sydney NSW Glenn Murcutt architecture

This house design offers a defensive system against forest fires. The role of the roof as introducing a sprinkler system in addition to being the capstone to the vertical lines. The metal coatings are also designed on the basis of “high risk of fire” in the area, in fact, paints used are also resistant to fire long-range and a network of small sprinklers are installed to soak the outside in case of need.

KARRI FIRE HOUSE – BUSHFIRE RESISTANT HOUSE DESIGN EXAMPLE

bushfire resistant house design build karri fire house architects Ian Weir and Kylie Feher Denmark Western Australia

bushfire resistant house design build karri fire house architects Ian Weir and Kylie Feher Denmark Western Australia

Designed for a professional firefighter and his family, the Karri Fire House is an exemplar of affordable construction for extreme levels of bushfire attack. Sited in a Eucalyptus diversicolor (Karri) forest, south of the town of Denmark WA, this house conserves and celebrates its remarkable setting by prioritizing bushfire resilience above vegetation clearing. It does so by achieving a Bushfire Attack Level of BAL-40 through the industrial design of architectural components and the integration of technologies and materials from commercial construction and fire fighting apparel.

With a thorough understanding of AS3959 – the Australian Standard for Building in Bushfire Prone Areas – the architects and client have, together, developed a highly integrated design wherein energy efficiency and bushfire safety features are cross-purposed. Here bushfire shutters are used on a daily basis for sun, glare and insect control. The spatial planning of the house links the daily pattern of life to the performance of the shutters which slide between full and half-width structural steel bays on the north (most fire-prone) elevation.

Extreme bushfire-prone areas, nationwide, are typified by being both cold in winter and hot in summer. In response, the Karri Fire House integrates fireproof cavity masonry walls and a suspended concrete floor (with fireproof insulation) to provide the necessary thermal mass for the winter seasons. Summer heat and glare are moderated by the shutters, the verandah overhang, and, importantly, the Karri forest itself.

With a highly detailed site survey by working in close collaboration with energy consultants and structural engineers this cross-purposing and site-specificity has resulted in a bushfire responsive home which has been completed for less than $3000/m2 for the internal enclosed areas. The Karri Fire House thereby challenges the misconception that building to the higher Bushfire Attack Levels is cost-prohibitive – BAL 40 (40 kw/m2 exposure) being the second-highest level specified in AS3959.

The aesthetic objective of ‘light resilience’ is expressed through contrast – with rock-anchored heavy masonry walls – from which spring the shop-fabricated structural steel cantilevered frame. Galvanized sheet cladding and roofing not only reflects the texture of the granite outcrops and the Karri trees but also the radiant heat of bushfire. This steel shield overlays an envelope of fire-proof sarking adapted from fire-fighter’s tunics to provide a second line of fire defence.

The 1400m2 steeply sloping site is immediately adjacent a nature reserve on the Bibbulmun Track and is dominated by magnificent Karri’s amongst granite outcrops and features a vegetation conservation corridor on the downslope from the house.

With increasing pressure from bushfire legislators to clear sites – regardless of their biophysical value – the Karri Fire House presents a model for how the otherwise opposing goals of biodiversity conservation and bushfire safety can be reconciled with daily life.

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EARTH SHELTERED “WHITTLESEA HOUSE” – BUSHFIRE RESISTANT HOUSE DESIGN IDEA

Design: Sean O’Bryan. Location: Whittlesea, Victoria, Australia.

Benefit: The soil around the house is a buffer from flames and also insulates against extreme temperatures.

bushfire resistant house design whittlesea house sean obryan

bushfire resistant house design whittlesea house Sean O’Bryan

THINGS YOU SHOULD AVOID WHEN DESIGNING FIRE-RESISTANT HOUSES

  • Flammable wooden decks, verandas, wooden cladding (aka wooden walls).
  • Whiting 8 metres of your house avoid having: trees, fallen dry leaves, woodpiles, shrubs, mulch, combustible outdoor furniture.
  • Gutters full of dry leaves.
  • Gas bottle release valves facing your house. Keep them away.
  • Brushwood fences. Replace them for metal fences.
  • One single outdoor water point. Install multiple water points so you can use multiple hoses if required.
  • Any type of debris, trash and rubbish away from your house.



EARTH SHELTERED “NARWEE” HOUSE

Design: Baldwin O’Bryan Architects. Location: Narwee, Sydney, Australia

bushfire resistant house design build baldwin obryan architects narwee sydney australia

bushfire resistant house design build baldwin obryan architects narwee sydney australia

FIRE-RESISTANT HOME DESIGNS – NICE TO HAVE

  • Sprinkler systems and multiple water points around the house with hoses that get good pressure.
  • Thicker windows
  • Removing all flammable fences, decks, verandas, etc.
  • A shed away from home to keep all flammable liquids. Ideally, do not even store them.
  • Gutter guards
  • Galvanised sheet cladding and roofing.
  • BAL-40 rated decking planks
  • Non-combustible steel joists and bearers.

 

RAMMED EARTH HOUSE

Design: Robson Rak Architects. Location: Merricks North, Melbourne, Australia.

Benefit: The use of rammed earth as a building material is perfect for any home that is located in an area that is considered a high fire risk, giving the property a 4-hour fire rating. The “rammed earth has a very low ‘embodied energy’ in its production and construction.

rammed earth house design bushfire resistant robson rak architects merricks north melbourne australia

rammed earth house design bushfire resistant robson rak architects merricks north melbourne Australia

 

THE MUD CAVE  – MUD BRICK HOUSE DESIGN

Location: Hornsby Heights, Sydney, Australia

 

the mud cave - mud brick house design bulding hornsby sydney australia

the mud cave – mud-brick house design building Hornsby Sydney Australia

BEKAA VALLEY MUD BRICK HOUSE

Design:  Issa el Khodr. Location: Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

mud brick house bushfire resistant design building bekaa valley lebanon

mud brick house bushfire resistant design building bekaa valley lebanon

THE BEST BUSHFIRE-RESISTANT ARCHITECTS AND CONSULTANTS IN AUSTRALIA

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