BUSHFIRE-RESILIENCE & DESIGN
Join the ACA NSW/ACT Committee on Thursday 21 July Via Zoom for a presentation by Nigel Bell, architect and expert in the design of bushfire compliant buildings.
Bushfire protection regulations are now widespread across most Classes of buildings in NSW, with lesser remit within the ACT. Are you and your practice prepared for bushfire futures of greater frequency and intensity? Can you plan, design and document for bushfire resilience as climate-change consequences mount. The need will only increase.
Nigel Bell of ECOdesign Architects will lead a discussion about bushfires, regulations, policies and approvals, before BALs and the principles of resilient bushfire design. Working in the fire-prone Blue Mountains, Nigel has been representing architects in this discussion for over two decades at all levels of practice and policy, from Australian Standards through to the 2020 Royal Commission and on to education for communities, universities, the Institute and the ACA.
What does the increased climate-change/bushfire future mean for your work? What is your professional responsibility? When should you get professional assistance – and who from? When do high BALs become prohibitively difficult and expensive? What design principles emerge?
Nigel Bell, Principal, ECODesign
As Principal of ECODesign, Nigel is engaged in sustainable architectural practice, research and education from his Blue Mountain studio. With 40 years experience in architecture, planning, community engagement and more, Nigel has spent the last two decades leading with bushfire recovery, education, policy and practice. Nigel has represented the Institute on all three Australian Standards concerning bushfires (AS3959, AS 5414 and ABCB Performance standard for private bushfire shelters).
Amongst Nigel’s awards are a Churchill Fellowship (1994); Blue Mountains Environmental Business Award (2000); ECODesign Studio Timber Design Award for Environmental Commitment (2000), built almost entirely from recycled/re-purposed products; and shortlisted for the national 'Lifetime Achievement in Sustainability' award (2001). He was an AGBC 'Greenstar Professional' (2007) and Al Gore 'Climate Reality Leader' (2014). Nigel was three-times elected to the NSW Architects Registration Board (2012–2018) and to the NSW Chapter of the Institute (2001–2015).
WHEN6.15pm – 8.15pm Thursday 21 July 2022
On Line Via Zoom - Live streaming and recorded presentation
ACA member $35
2 formal CPD points
- Why bushfire hazard and risk is rapidly growing.
- What makes a Bush Fire Prone Area and what triggers which regulation?
- As both planning and construction is recognised for bushfire – why isn’t ‘design’?
- Which Classes of buildings must now meet bushfire regulations?
- What approval pathways may be available for particular projects?
- What are BAL’s and how do they fundamentally affect what’s permissible and where?
- How do we design for bushfire resilience – what are the key principles?
- To what degree are environmental, heritage, tourism and the like affected by bushfire regulations?
- Can we avoid the cost of building upgrades through bushfire sprinklers or fire refuges?
- And may we share our good design ideas that can positively influence resilience outcomes?
Project Initiation and Conceptual design: PC 28, PC 30, PC 31, PC 32, PC 33, PC 34.
Detailed Design & Construction Documentation: PC 39, PC 41, PC 42, PC 44, PC 46.
The event will include time for Q&A. Written CPD questions will be distributed on the night and certficates of completion issued after the event.
Please keep your receipt, completed questions and certificate for your CPD records.
For more information, contact Marie Frost, email@example.com