As a result of the Victorian Bush Fires and Queensland Floods, governments have imposed regulatory design standards on all buildings to be designed within specified bushfire or flood affected areas. With the use of Google Mapping, local authorities have prepared maps indicating possible suspected areas subject to both hazards. All properties that fall within the specified areas require a designer or an agent to carry out an intensive site evaluation to establish what construction must be applied. Bushfire areas require design assessments such as:
- Types of trees, height, density spread and sizes
- Terrain types and slope considered to prevailing weather conditions
- Type and density of grass and undergrowth
- Property clearing and regular growth management
Once the property is assessed, the appropriate construction requirements can be designed into the building. Sometimes solutions can be expensive, meaning a change to budget and the original chosen design options. Coast Wide Plan & Design Service believes that successful economical design can only be achieved if the building designer personally undertakes design assessments. We can prepare specific site and residential related design assessments to ensure an efficient economical and practical design is delivered.
As these codes are recent legislation, we can expect non-retrospective amendments to occur at intervals for some time until fully acceptable solutions are established.