WA Chapter | Bunbury | AS3959 & Bushfire Verification Training

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City of Bunbury Council Offices | 6 CPD Points | Grahame Douglas

About this Event - 25 February 2019

This is a not to be missed session for all building surveyors and allied professionals alike who deal with assessing buildings in bushfire prone areas. This training event will overview the new provisions within Australian Standard (AS3959-2018), the proposed verification method (for adoption in May 2019) and associated provisions in Planning for Bush Fire Protection (2018) as well as state based planning provisions.  

AS3959 has seen a number of important changes and has been updated from November 2018 as AS3959-2018. It is anticipated that this edition of AS3959 will be adopted for the NCC 2019. The standard has sought to clarify a number of issues in relation to site assessments (including slope and vegetation) as well as some specific changes to construction, notably ta lower BALs.

In its endeavour to increase the use of performance the ABCB are also adopting a new verification method for bushfire, which utilises a simple and complex method. This includes the adoption of a 10% chance of ignition and acceptable probable exceedance levels depending on the class of building being designed in a bushfire prone area.

This workshop will identify the changes to AS3959 and illustrate how verification method can be used, as well as issues to consider when utilising the verification method for bushfire protection purposes. The relationship between planning and building will also be considered. 

The workshop will explore real fire weather examples within the jurisdiction as well as show the opportunities and limitations of the bushfire verification method in support of performance based solutions. 

Spaces are limited so get in quick. 

Event Timetable:

* event timetable and content subject to change 

8:30am    Registrations Openn
9:00am    Seminar Begins
  • New provisions within Australian Standard (AS3959-2018)
  • Proposed verification method (for adoption in May)
  • Associated Provisionin Planning for Bush Fire Protection

4:30pm     Close

About the Speaker:  Grahame Douglas

Grahame began his interest in bushfire matters in the late 1980's and was appointed to represent environmental interests on the Bush Fire Council and in 1993 was appointed to the Bush Fire Coordination Committee. In 1996, Grahame accepted a position as Environment Officer within the then Department of Bush Fire Services and held a number of positions including Manager, Planning and Environment. 

Grahame has worked with the NSW Rural Fire Service in the area of community safety for more than 15 years and was responsible for developing the legislative provisions and policy relating to bush fire risk management planning, development control for bushfire prone areas, environmental impact of hazard reduction activities. He was the principal author of Planning for Bushfire Protection in 2001 and in 2006 and currently participates in the review of AS3959 Construction in Bushfire Prone Areas. Grahame now supports the University of Western Sydney in the Graduate Diploma in Bush Fire Design program and the University of Technology Planning for Bushfire Short Course whilst completing his PhD in bushfire weather and fire behaviour. 


Membership Type Price (All Prices Inclusive of GST)

AIBS Member

Non Member $450
AIBS Student Member $225


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There is a strictly limited capacity available for this event -  Register to secure your place now. 

2/25/2019 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
City of Bunbury Council Offices 3 Stephen St Bunbury, WA 6231 AUSTRALIA

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