Fire-Ed Up Scenario 4:
Welcome to the Bushfire Resistant Buildings supplementary page for the stage 5 iSTEM, Fire-Ed Up Unit of Work. This is a resource site setup to support teachers to implement the Fire-Ed Up Program.
Fire-Ed Up is funded by the NSW Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer, developed from Central Coast Council’s Award Winning program and produced by the Hunter Innovation and Science Hub.
Unit Background –
Australian Fire Danger Rating System
In 2022 Australia introduced a new fire danger rating system providing clearer and more accurate information to communities at risk of bush fire. The Australian Fire Danger Rating System brings together the latest science and knowledge of fire behaviour, is supported by extensive community research, and is the most significant change to the fire danger rating system in more than 50 years.
The previous fire danger rating system was found to be approximately 40% accurate whilst the new reporting system is now more than 60%, but there is room for improvement.
Bushfire Resistant Buildings: Create a new or redesign an existing structure to enhance bushfire resistance, using fire-resistant materials and landscaping techniques to create defensible spaces.
Research & Design:
Find better solutions to create fire-resistant buildings
In their quest to create safer buildings, researchers are actively exploring innovative methods to make structures more resistant to fire. They are experimenting with new materials and technologies that can withstand high temperatures without collapsing or allowing the fire to spread quickly.
From fire-resistant barriers to advanced sprinkler control systems, These efforts are crucial because they help ensure that buildings are safer for everyone, reducing the risk of damage and loss of life in case of a fire.
Research and test materials and methods for creating bushfire-resistant buildings and communities.
How does landscaping affect the intensity of fires impacting a building?
- Sprinkler controls
How can sprinklers be better deployed in different building layouts?
- Building materials
What are the best materials for creating bushfire-resistant buildings
- Innovative technologies
Which new advanced fire control systems might be used to create a more fire-resistant building?
What can you do in your class to find better solutions?
Video Based Resources
The following are a mixture of Fire-ED Up original video resources and others that you might find useful.
Is there such a thing as a ‘bushfire-proof’ house?
President of the Australian Architecture Association and Director of Environa Studio Tone Wheeler explains to the ABC what a home’s weakest links are – through Lego (4:02 minutes).
What it takes to build a home that can withstand wildfires
Rebuilding homes to withstand Australia’s extreme bushfire seasons
How Can You Build a Fireproof House?
Inside Edition speaks with Phoenix Architectural Services about foam & concrete blocks that can be used to increase fire resistance (1:47 minutes)
Fire-retardant paint to help prevent spread of bushfires
Engineers at UNSW Sydney have become the first to pass a stringent Australian standard test that simulates a bushfire attack. (2:41 Minutes)
Lightweight Coating to Reduce Wood Flammability
The American Chemical Society looks at a type of coating that could limit the flammability of wood used in construction (2:29 Minutes)
Busfire proof houses; raising the standards – CSIRO
Bushfire-proof house design – UTS
Building in a bushfire area – NSW RFS
Rebuilding after bushfires – VIC
Resilient homes building guidance – QLD
Bushfire resilient homes and rebuilding – QLD
Fire Safety on Rural Blocks – Northern Territory
How to build a fire resilient house – Australian Museum
iTEachSTEM – Orthogonal Sketching
iTEachSTEM Pictorial Sketching
iTEachSTEM Annotated rendered sketches
iTEachSTEM – Making a Prototype
iTEachSTEM – Iterate and Test
Online RFS Bushfire Survival plan
Bushfire Survival Plan PDF version
NSW RFS Firefighter Pocketbook – Android
NSW RFS Firefighter Pocketbook – IOS
Hazards Near Me – Android
Hazards Near Me – IOS
Spatial Information eXchange
NSW Department of Education – Digital Learning Selector
Splat3D – Drawing the core 3D Shapes Playlist
AVA Define and Identify – Dr Nick De Leon from the Royal College of Art