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Bushfire Resilience Star Rating Assessor Certification


The BBCA has developed a national Star Rating program to assess the bushfire resilience of property.  You can become a Star Rating building assessor if you have relevant experience in fire safety, construction, building surveying, insurance assessment or engineering and complete our instructor-led training.  Contact us for more information.

 

Ph.D Programs


QUT Creative Industries Faculty
2017 Scholarship Round Projects
Dr Ian Weir
Research Architect
School of Design, QUT

PROJECT 1- Bushfire Attack Level Assessment Mobile Device Application – a BAL app for Homeowners, Legislators and Professionals.

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessments are the key instrument that regulates building design in Bushfire Prone Areas throughout Australia. The assessment methodology – which is outlined in AS3959 the national bushfire building standard – is intended to be used by lay consumers but is nevertheless difficult to follow unless the individual has had dedicated training in its use. This is problematic, not only because of the added cost of commissioning expert consultants but  because the primary principle of bushfire risk mitigation is that homeowners understand their own level of risk –  and therefore their cognisance risk is hamstrung by the outsourcing of BAL assessments to professionals. This research will harness the inbuilt capabilities of mobile devices (eg Geo-positioning & image metadata) to develop a commercially viable BAL app for homeowners as well as those with expert knowledge.

Required Skills

Software development (Apps); Visual Communication; Spatial Sciences; landscape Architecture.

Research Keywords

Bushfire Attack Level Assessment; Risk awareness; Mobile Device; App

Partnerships

  • CSIRO Bushfire Division (Mr Justin Leonard, chief scientist Bushfire Division).
  • Bushfire Building Council of Australia (Ms Kate Cotter, Mr Eldon Bottcher)

Study Level

Masters

Supervisory team (Research is co-hosted by QUT and CSIRO)

  • Dr Ian Weir, Research Architect, QUT
  • Mr Justin Leonard, CSIRO

 

PROJECT 2 – Affordable Housing in Bushfire Prone Areas – strategies for retrofitting houses in low income areas to improve building resilience.

The poor construction standard of existing housing stock in Bushfire Prone Areas presents a significant risk to low income homeowners throughout Australia. Misinformation on the cost and efficacy of retrofitting homes to AS3959 – the bushfire building standard – and the lack of regulatory power in our national jurisdictions is preventing the advancement of bushfire resilient communities. This research aims to assess the costs of retrofitting homes and to develop design strategies principally aimed at low to medium income communities in bushfire prone areas. It is envisaged that the research will develop a practical home resilience auditing methodology as well as number of design innovations in the form of bushfire resilient products that will have commercial potential.

Required Skills

Architectural Design; Construction Management; Industrial Design

Research Keywords

Affordable Housing; Bushfire Resilient Communities; Retrofitting; Bushfire Prone Areas: Design Innovation.

Partnerships

  • CSIRO Bushfire Division (Mr Justin Leonard, Head Bushfire Research Division).
  • Bushfire Building Council of Australia (Ms Kate Cotter)

Study Level

Ph.D

Supervisory team (Research is co-hosted by QUT and CSIRO)

  • Dr Ian Weir, Research Architect, QUT
  • Dr Philip Crowther, Head of Discipline Architecture, School of Design, QUT
  • Mr Justin Leonard, Head Bushfire Research Division, CSIRO

 

PROJECT 3 – Bushfire Proof Shutter System – an engineering and design innovation.

A significant proportion of land being developed for housing in Australia is in the highest Bushfire Attack Level known as “Flame Zone” (BAL-FZ). The single largest contributor to home construction cost of building in these landscapes is the installation BAL-FZ certified shutters of which there are a very limited number of products commercially available worldwide. These products are expensive – contributing up to an additional $50,000 per home and they restrict the design of windows and doors to restrained configurations that are not representative of contemporary lifestyles. This research will develop, through design speculation and laboratory testing, a number of alternative commercially viable shutter systems.

Required Skills

Mechanical Engineering; (or) Industrial Design; Prototyping/fabrication

Research Keywords

Bushfire Shutter; BAL Flame Zone: AS3959; Bushfire Prone Areas

Partnerships

  • Civil Engineering Department, University of Queensland
  • CSIRO Bushfire Division (Mr Justin Leonard, Head Bushfire Research Division).

Study Level

Ph.D

Supervisory team (Research is co-hosted by QUT, UQ and CSIRO)

  • Dr Ian Weir, Research Architect, QUT
  • Mr Justin Leonard, Head Bushfire Research Division, CSIRO