Sustainability Summit

Designing and building for the new bushfire paradigm

After the bushfire crisis in Australia, the way we design, and construct buildings is set to change. What else should we be doing to prevent what we saw in the ‘black summer’ of 2019/2020? Does our entire approach to design and building need an overhaul and where do we need to start? Along with designs, what materials should we be looking at to build the fire-proof structures of the future? When it comes to the bushfires, what can we learn from the First Nations of Australia and can this knowledge help us manage future bushfires and help us reduce the impact of fires across our built environment?


At the end of this panel, attendees will be able to:

  • Name at least three types of bushfire-resistant design.
  • List at least 3 building materials that can be used for building in bushfire-prone areas.
  • Show how Indigenous design can help with designing bushfire-resistant structures
  • What are some things that Indigenous history and culture can teach us about fires in Australia?


AACA Competency Standards related to this session:
4.2 Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts.


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Please note you are required to attend the full Summit program, and hour of each session to redeem your 5 formal AIA Refuel points.

Session Information

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Christian Hampson



Rod Rose

Senior Principal – Bushfire | Eco Logical Australia


Donna Green

Climate Change Research Centre | University of New South Wales


Ian Weir

QUT | Ian Weir Architect | Bushfire Building Council of Australia



Martin Freney

University of South Australia


Andy Nguyen



Steve Woolcock

Technical Protection Systems