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  • AS 3959-2009

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    Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas

    Available format(s):  Hardcopy, PDF 1 User, PDF 3 Users, PDF 5 Users, PDF 9 Users

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    Published date:  10-03-2009

    Publisher:  Standards Australia

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    This 2009 edition of AS3959 has been published by Standards Australia as Australian Standard. It sets out requirements for the construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas in order to improve their performance when they are subjected to burning debris, radiant heat or flame contact generated from a bushfire. Also includes methodologies for assessing categories of bushfire attack in respect of a site situated in an area that has been designated by a relevant authority as bushfire-prone.

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    This Standard specifies requirements for the construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas in order to improve their resistance to bushfire attack from burning embers, radiant heat, flame contact and combinations of the three attack forms. Although this Standard is designed to improve the performance of buildings when subjected to bushfire attack in designated bushfire-prone areas there can be no guarantee that a building will survive a bushfire event on every occasion. This is substantially due to the unpredictable nature and behaviour of fire and the difficulties associated with extreme weather conditions. NOTES:1 The construction measures contained in this Standard are not the only measures that can be considered to address bushfire attack as there are other means available that are outside the scope of this Standard. Standards Australia's Handbook HB 36 provides further information on these issues.2 On the basis that the committee is not aware of any clear evidence that smoke from a bushfire entering a building is a risk, this Standard does not address the infiltration of smoke nor any associated health risk.

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    Committee FP-020
    Document Type Standard
    Publisher Standards Australia
    Status AvailableSuperseded
    Superseded By
    Supersedes
    Under Revision

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    Originated as AS 3959—1991. Second edition 1999. Reissued incorporating Amendment No. 1 (December 2000). Reissued incorporating Amendment No. 2 (December 2001). Third edition 2009 Originated as AS3959-1991. Second edition 1999. Reissued incorporating Amendment No. 1 (December 2000). Reissued incorporating Amendment No. 2 (December 2001). Third edition 2009. Reissued incorporating Amendment No. 1 (November 2009). Reissued incorporating Amendment No. 2 (February 2011). Reissued incorporating Amendment No. 3 (November 2011).

    Standards Referenced By This Book - (Show below) - (Hide below)

    AS 1288-2006 Glass in buildings - Selection and installation
    AS 1530.8.2-2007 Methods for fire tests on building materials, components and structures Tests on elements of construction for buildings exposed to simulated bushfire attack - Large flaming sources
    AS 1530.8.1-2007 Methods for fire tests on building materials, components and structures Tests on elements of construction for buildings exposed to simulated bushfire attack - Radiant heat and small flaming sources
    AS 1684.2-2006 Residential timber-framed construction Non-cyclonic areas (SEE IMPORTANT NOTE)
    AS 1530.2-1993 Methods for fire tests on building materials, components and structures Test for flammability of materials
    AS 1530.4-2005 Methods for fire tests on building materials, components and structures Fire-resistance test of elements of construction
    AS 1720.2-2006 Timber structures Timber properties
    AS/NZS 3837:1998 Method of test for heat and smoke release rates for materials and products using an oxygen consumption calorimeter (Reconfirmed 2016)
    AS 1684.3-2006 Residential timber-framed construction Cyclonic areas
    AS 1530.1-1994 Methods for fire tests on building materials, components and structures Combustibility test for materials
    AS 3660.1-2000 Termite management New building work
    AS 4285-2007 Skylights

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    AS 4200.2:2017 Pliable building membranes and underlays Installation
    AS/NZS 5601.1:2013 Gas installations General installations
    AS 3660.2:2017 Termite management In and around existing buildings and structures
    AS/NZS 5601.1:2010 Gas installations General installations
    WS13-2012 Finishing Timber Externally
    AS 5414-2012 Bushfire water spray systems
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