Australian weather conditions can be quite extreme, especially when it comes to summer time and the dry heat that can be the catalyst for large bushfires. It has become such a science that government and councils have outlined certain areas as ‘bushfire prone’.

What is it that classifies an area as ‘bushfire prone’?

The NCC defines a designated bushfire prone area as land which has been designated under a power of legislation as being subject, or likely to be subject, to bushfires. As a consequence, the process for identifying bushfire prone areas is a matter for each individual state and territory regulator, and while it differs from state to state, it usually involves an approach to the relevant council or reference to a land mapping facility provided by the respective state regulator or agency1.

Because of the risk of bushfires in these areas, the Performance Requirement P2.3.4 of Volume Two (Class 1 and 10 Buildings) of the National Construction Code (NCC) requires a Class 1 building (house) or a Class 10a building (non-habitable) be designed and constructed in a way that reduces the risk of ignition from a bushfire. The ignition could come from burning embers, radiant heat or direct flame generated by a bushfire.

While there have been many advancements in the treatment of timber for use in bushfire prone areas, there is another building material that is being readily used throughout the industry that is perfect for bushfire prone areas – steel.

Your roof, walls, base and frame are all part of a system that will be designed to reduce the risk of ignition and not to provide fuel for the fire.

Being non-combustible and highly resistant to fire, steel is much superior to traditional materials and will not fuel the flames. This attribute makes steel the ideal material for building in bushfire prone regions. Additionally, steel will not release smoke, carbon dioxide or VOCs (Volatile Organic Compound), unlike wood in the event of a fire. This has been confirmed by the Steel Framing Alliance and also recognised by Healthy Home Institute as an important advantage of steel over timber. Traditional materials, when burnt, release asphyxiating gases that are the main contributors to death in house fires2.

Therefore, not only does steel reduce the risk of ignition during a bushfire, it also does not release any noxious gases that greatly contribute to house fire deaths.

Therefore, if you are a certified builder working in bushfire prone areas, or are an owner builder, Stronghold Fabrications can help you with your steel frame needs. Please feel free to contact us on 02 9791 1886, or you can fill out our Online Enquiry Form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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