The Future of Construction: Fireproof Homes in WA

Natural disasters have been ravaging human dwellings for as long as they’ve been built. It doesn’t matter if they are caused by water, wind, or fire, natural disasters can devastate both homes and residents’ lives. In December 2012, a major bushfire struck areas of Western Australia that left many people without homes and caused incredible damage. Leery of the potential that this could happen again, many began building homes that took measures that would protect them from future bushfires.

Future of Construction: Fireproof Homes in WA

Fireproof Designs

In a few controversial designing experiments, architects and researchers have worked out designs for homes that are meant to be resistant to damage from bushfires. These homes include a number of features that protect the internal structure from fires. Special concrete slabs, shuttered windows and partitioned roofing for better insulation are all included in the different designs.

In addition to protecting the home against fire damage, these features also have a number of other practical uses. For example, homes have better heat insulation which keep them warmer during the winter. Energy efficiency is also increased in this way because the air conditioning would need to be run less, even in the summer because the cool air stays inside the house.

No Vegetation Removal

One of the most common notices put out by fire safety officials is to clear away as much vegetation as possible from a home. This is sound advice because plant matter burns easily, spreading the fire more quickly.

The Way of the Future

With damage from bushfires being a very real risk, home owners are starting to design their homes in such a way as to protect themselves from potential damage. The benefits of this are significant and range from reduced fire damage risk to more practical applications such as better insulation.

To learn more about how this affects real estate in Geraldton and how to design your own home in a fireproof way, call (08) 9301 4445.


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