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Dear Home Building Enthusiast,

Spring has well and truly sprung with temperatures increasing and all the signs pointing to a hot, dry summer.

The downside of that, however, is that bushfire season is also upon us and, in some parts of the country, has already begun. Authorities expect a higher than average bushfire threat due to the warm, dry conditions and low rainfall - drought in some parts.

To that end, fire authorities across Australia are urging people to be prepared for an earlier and longer than average bushfire season.

In this issue, we look at the Bushfire Attack Level and explore a few options for re-enforcing your home against the elements.

Happy reading!


Anna Hayes | Editor - Build | www.build.com.au
Preparing for bushfire season

Preparing for bushfire season

In February 2009, Victoria experienced one of Australia’s worst bushfire disasters. The Black Saturday bushfires resulted in the highest loss of life from a bushfire, and left many families homeless in its aftermath.

Bushfire safety - Are you playing with fire?

Bushfire safety - Are you playing with fire?

The Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) measures a building’s potential exposure to ember attack, radiant heat and direct flame contact.

Style and safety in non-combustible cladding

Style and safety in non-combustible cladding

If you’re located in a bushfire zone, it’s important to carefully select building materials that will protect your property.

A window on the world of bushfire safety

A window on the world of bushfire safety

While they might seem inconsequential should disaster strike, windows can actually play a crucial role in protecting against interior flame ignition.

Shut the door on fire danger

Shut the door on fire danger

While doors are an important aesthetic feature of a home, it is important to install the ones that are best suited to the area you live in.

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