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Building Back Better: Steel Building Materials and Bushfire Design
As we edge closer to Summer, the threat of another significant bushfire season presents itself across the country again. This Lean In will focus on how architects can develop more robust residential buildings in bushfire prone areas across Australia, consequently minimising losses and reducing risk. We’ll be taking a closer look at lessons learnt from recent bushfire events, the major risk factors that were at play and look at how we can build back better.

In this session, we’ll be joined by Michael Dawson from the Australian Steel Institute and Dr Ian Weir from the Bushfire Building Council of Australia. We’ll look at steel materials systems and solutions, strengths and opportunities, and discuss the considerable opportunities for Architects to design solutions for clients in high risk bushfire zones.

Michael Dawson has over 20 years of experience in the built environment, working in senior management and strategy roles, and six years consulting in sustainability and management. Michael has a Bachelor of Education, a Masters of Business and a Masters of Commercial Law, focusing on Environmental, Climate Change and Construction Laws.

Dr Ian Weir is a consulting research architect with the Queensland University of Technology and director of Ian Weir Architect. In both roles, he receives commissions for designing bushfire responsive houses which over the past few years has included the widely circulated Karri Fire House, which he designed in collaboration with Kylie Feher, and H House, both in Western Australia. He is also a member of the Bushfire Building Council of Australia.

Oct 22, 2020 12:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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