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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

    Language(s):  English

    Published date:  14-11-2018

    Publisher:  Standards Australia

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    AS 3959 2018 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. AS 3959 download is available.

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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 extreme weather conditions.
    This Standard does not provide any requirements for fencing and screen walls. Fencing and screen walls may reduce exposure of a building to embers, radiant heat and flame contact from the bushfire front and from other potential fire sources such as adjacent buildings. The efficacy of fencing and walls depends on its resistance to ember, radiant heat and flame attack and potential for ignition and subsequent sustained flaming, height and structural design and specific site configurations. Therefore no specific advice has been provided in this Standard but designers may consider utilizing fencing and walls to improve house survivability beyond the base levels provided in this Standard..

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    Committee FP-020
    Development Note New PDF incorporating Amendment 2.
    Document Type Standard
    Publisher Standards Australia
    Status Current
    Supersedes

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    Originated as AS 3959—1991.
    Previous edition 2009.
    Fourth edition AS 3959:2018. Originated as AS 3959-1991. Previous edition 2009. Fourth edition AS 3959:2018. Reissued incorporating Amendment No. 1 (June 2019). Reissued incorporating Amendment No. 2 (December 2020).

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