Bushfire Protection Measures
The Building Code of Australia in Part G5 Construction in Bushfire Prone Areas specifically calls up in clause G5.1 Application of Part, for all Class 2 or 3 buildings, Class 10a buildings and decks associated with a Class 2 or 3 buildings to comply with this part when located in a designated bushfire-prone area. (Note: Some states variations include other classes of buildings). Bushfire protection measures will become an essential safety measure.
Building Code of Australia
Bushfire protection measures are stipulated in BCA clause G5.2 for a building permit. This clause requires buildings to be constructed in a designated bushfire prone area to comply with AS 3959-2009 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas. A designated bushfire-prone area means land which has been designated under a power of legislation as being subject, or likely to be subject to bushfires and requires bushfire protection measures. This is a very extensive standard and designers, building surveyors/ building certifiers and builders need to be conversant with all bushfire protection measures in its provisions.