BLDG 7004 Building in Bushfire Prone Areas
Credit Points 10
Legacy Code 200458
Coordinator Grahame Douglas Opens in new window
Description This unit describes the basis for the design and construction of buildings to withstand bushfire attack, the measures that can be incorporated into building design to achieve this and the legislative building requirements affecting bushfire environments. The unit examines the mechanisms of bushfire attack on structures, the role of landscaping on building survival and how materials perform in the presence of a bushfire event. The unit describes the role of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards in the construction of various building types and the legislative and regulatory environment in which this operates.
School Eng, Design & Built Env
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp
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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject
Restrictions Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program.
- Identify and explain the building legislation for various buildings in bushfire prone areas;
- Discuss the relationship between bushfire attack and building performance;
- Describe the role of landscaping in propagating bushfire in the urban interface environment;
- Describe the various design options available to improve building survivability during a bushfire; and
- Review the options available for construction of buildings so as to comply with building legislation, particularly with respect to the role of Australian Standards.
Ignition of buildings in bushfires - the mechanisms operating (bushfire attack);
Design options for improved building performance;
Upgrading existing buildings;
Building Code of Australia deemed to satisfy and performance requirements;
Australian Standard for construction in bushfire prone areas - AS 3959;
Maintenance of building envelope for bushfire performance
Landscaping for bushfire prone areas
The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.
|Assignment 1 - short essay questions||1000w - short essay questions. Students must achieve at least 40% in this task to achieve an overall pass for the unit||20||N||Individual|
|Assignment 2 - essay||2000w - essay. Students must achieve at least 40% in this task to achieve an overall pass for the unit||25||N||Individual|
|Assignment 3 - major report||3000w - major report. Students must achieve at least 40% in this task to achieve an overall pass for the unit||35||N||Individual|
|Assignment 4 - Paper||1,500 words||20||N||Individual|
2022 Semester 2
Parramatta City - Macquarie St
Subject Contact Grahame Douglas Opens in new window
Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.