Free bushfire building standard

Fire-affected councils will soon be able to use download a free document on buildings in bushfire-prone areas following an agreement between the Australian Government and Standards Australia.

The two entities have agreed to jointly fund access to AS 3959:2018 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas until 30 June 2021.

AS 3959 gives guidance to professionals in the building and construction industry, and is primarily concerned with improving the ability of buildings in designated bushfire-prone areas to better withstand bushfires.

The PDF will be available in the coming weeks. Councils should bookmark the Standards Australia news page and monitor its social media accounts for details on when the standard has been released.