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Building Towards a Future of Liveability in a Changing Climate

Source: Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise
Posted: 20 Jun 2019
The Australian Bushfire Building Conference sets the stage for future bushfire planning

Blue Mountains, NSW—Building industry professionals from across Australia will be gathering together this October to hear from leading experts in bushfire building and planning at the award-winning Australian Bushfire Building Conference.

Organised by the Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE), the 5th Australian Bushfire Building Conference is a cutting edge, must-attend event for the building industry’s architects, builders, landscapers, urban planners and engineers.

This year, the theme of ‘liveability’ will be explored across the main two-day program featuring presentations from renowned national and international experts who will discuss the latest research, updates and technologies on building in bushfire prone areas.

The highlight of this year’s conference will be the opportunity to hear from U.S-based chief scientist and professor from San Diego State University, Alexandra Syphard, who will be presenting her ground-breaking research on the interplay between human interaction and climate on wildfire patterns.

CEO of Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE), Bernard Fehon, says that each year the Australian Bushfire Building Conference is growing bigger and better.

“It’s not only a great opportunity to learn and hear from the experts in the field but also a chance to meet and influence the decision makers,” Mr Fehon says. “Being able to share and discuss ideas with researchers, academics, policymakers and practitioners is invaluable.

“Speakers will cover issues that are important to the future of the industry, potentially influencing future standards and regulations. Other speakers will provide all the updates and information industry leaders need, including discussion around the New National Construction Code (NCC2019) and AS3959 changes.

“Throughout the two-day conference, delegates will also be able to join in interactive workshops, field trips - visiting the 2013 Blue Mountains bushfire site and newly built bushfire resilient homes – hear from an expert Q&A panel, and visit an industry expo featuring leading suppliers of bushfire building supplies. As a bonus, they can also earn CPD points.”

Director of Community Resilience for the NSW RFS, Corey Shackleton, says the conference provides a vital platform for sharing current and future trends and issues in the bushfire protection space, with this year’s theme of liveability an important one.

“It’s essential that liveability is integrated with planning and building in bushfire prone areas so that people can design homes to meet their needs,” Mr Shackleton says. “Regulatory guidelines for building development seek to find a balance between development potential, ecology, and bush fire safety requirements, while maintaining adequate levels of bush fire safety for the community. It’s essential that all players involved in bush fire safety attend the conference.”

The Australian Bushfire Building Conference is proud to partner with the NSW Rural Fire Service, Destination NSW, FPA Australia, and is sponsored by Dincel Structural Walling and WoodSolutions.

Key dates & locations:

  • The Australian Bushfire Building Conference is held on 23 – 25 October 2019 at Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, Leura.
  • Wednesday, 23 October - Pre-Conference Activities, including tour of the Blue Mountains fire grounds to see houses that survived the 2013 bushfires and those that were rebuilt to fire zone regulations. Registration & Reception.
  • Thursday, 24 October – Conference full day + optional networking dinner
  • Friday, 25 October - Conference – half day

Early-bird Conference tickets are available until 31 July ($295+ GST). Purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

 
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