With bushfire season on the horizon, many home builders and renovators are thinking about how to ensure maximum safety for their homes. The Building Commission’s recently introduced standards for safe roofing are designed to ensure peace of mind throughout the hot, dry months.

Victorians planning to build on sites assessed as Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) FZ zone under the new Australian Standard now have the choice of a roofing system tested to meet that standard.

The Building Commission has encouraged designers and builders to familiarise themselves with the roofing systems to assist and advise bushfires affected communities to rebuild their homes.

The development of the roof systems, which was jointly funded by Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited, BlueScope Steel Limited and Promat Australia Pty Ltd. involved a cooperative approach to overcome the challenges associated with the design of construction systems that meet the requirements of the most extreme bushfire attack level under the new Standard.

The Victorian Government introduced the new residential bushfire construction building Standard, AS 3959-2009 in March 2009, responding to the overwhelming need to better protect our bushfire affected communities.

For further information visit www.buildingcommission.com.au