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Bushfire: retrofitting rural and urban fringe structures—implications of current engineering data

Costin, Glenn P 2021, Bushfire: retrofitting rural and urban fringe structures—implications of current engineering data, Energies, vol. 14, no. 12, pp. 1-18, doi: 10.3390/en14123526.

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Title Bushfire: retrofitting rural and urban fringe structures—implications of current engineering data
Author(s) Costin, Glenn PORCID iD for Costin, Glenn P orcid.org/0000-0002-3296-1987
Journal name Energies
Volume number 14
Issue number 12
Article ID 3526
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher MDPI AG
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2021-06-14
ISSN 1996-1073
Keyword(s) bushfire
retrofit
ember attack
pressure differential
urban fringe
rural housing
pyrotornadogenesis
backdraft
Summary Since the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in which 173 lives were lost, two-thirds of whom died in their homes, the question of what a home prepared for bushfire looks like has been repeatedly raised. The 2019/2020 fires saw us not much further advanced. This paper seeks to consolidate what is known about bushfire behavior, its influence upon structures, and, through this data, infer improved standards of practice for retrofitting rural and urban fringe homes. In particular, the prevention of ember and smoke incursion: the data suggesting the prior as the main mechanism of home destruction; the latter as high risk to sheltering occupant health. The article is framed around a comprehensive literature review, and the author’s own experiences and observations from fire impacted structures in Victoria’s northeast. The article’s import lies in demonstrating how embers and smoke may enter homes otherwise seen to be appropriately sealed prior to the fire’s approach. Included in the findings are developed hypotheses based on thermal expansion, pressure differentials and backdraft; offering defined paths towards future research. In addition, the work provides practical advice towards mitigating the identified issues using retrofit practices based upon the author’s practical experience as a tradesperson and building designer.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/en14123526
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 02 Physical Sciences
09 Engineering
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30152780

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