Bushfire shelters have had quite a bit of media attention in the past few years, this attention has been due to a number of large scale bushfires where bushfire shelters have saved lives.
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The concept behind bushfire shelters is quite basic, build a bunker like structure to protect yourself and others from a bushfire. In reality however there are issues that need to be addressed.
As you can see from the image to the right, bushfire shelters are a lot more complicated than what most people would think. There are simpler designs, however even those should follow the required criteria.
The Australian Building Codes Board has released a performance standard for private bushfire shelters, they are also covered by the new Australian Standard for class 10c buildings. Some States have regulations for building private bushfire shelters. In Victoria and South Australia the shelter must comply with certain design and performance requirements.
If your state or territory does not have set framework/regulations for building bushfire shelters, you will still be required to follow standard local government building regulations. Before you decide to build or buy a bushfire shelter you must speak to your local council and fire service to fully understand all the steps required.
Simply building one from scratch in the back yard could be more dangerous than if you didn’t have one, there are so many aspects to think about, air supply, radiant heat issues, even the potential of trees falling and blocking the exit, these are only some of the issues that need to be factored into a design.
The reality is you will not be able to properly build a bushfire shelter unless you follow the standards and all the local government regulations. They are there to make sure you get it right.
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