Bushfire protection will be one of the major focus areas at the upcoming
R+T Australia 2014 exhibition in Melbourne.
Given that bushfires leave large-scale devastation behind, new
regulations and codes have recently been introduced by various authorities
aimed at ensuring greater protection and minimising damage. The updated
regulations outline various construction methods and materials that must be
used depending on a building’s level of bushfire risk.
For example, all new buildings, as well as renovations including
garages, carports and verandas that share a common roof with the building, must
comply with these new rules. The new requirements include changes to the materials
used for floors, walls, doors, roofs and windows. Windows designed to provide excellent
fire safety will often provide increased energy efficiency as well.
The R+T Australia exhibition will have a strong focus on the latest
regulatory requirements for bushfire protection, with a number of exhibitors
highlighting some of the latest systems in addition to presentations and
training sessions by industry experts.
To be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 21 August
to 23 August, R+T Australia 2014 will showcase a wide range of external
building systems such as roller shutters, awnings, doors and gates, windows,
and sun protection systems.
John Shaw, principal technical advisor with the Victorian Building
Authority will discuss the latest building standards for bushfire construction,
while Brownwyn Foord, general manager of the Windows and Doors Industry Council
(WADIC) will present bushfire product training sessions.
Both speakers will be presenting as part of R+T Australia 2014’s ExpeR+T
Area program to be held along with the exhibition.
Entry to R+T Australia 2014 is free for all
building industry professionals, and registration is now open.