It High time we adapt:
Over the years, the building code has adapted for the various areas we live in. Like wise, with the councils and planning permits, dependant on where you live as to WHAT your are and are NOT allowed to construct, plus the manner or materials with which you shall construct it.
Reviewing the set up for my fathers place I noticed something and then had a sudden thought. Beside the shed is an old Besser brick wall that almost in a H pattern about 8 feet high. In a fire, this would provide significant protection especially from radiant heat, with a suitably constructed roof it would also withstand an ember attack as well.
Now, Australia, especially those that reside in the bush or HIGH FIRE RISK Area’s are required to do certain things. In some cases, you must have a minimum amount of water storage capacity, High volume outlets so that the Brigade or MFB may fill up or plug into your tanks, Pumps maybe and certain types of construction.
BUT NOWHERE, do we state, that the individual shall construct as suitable shelter to evac to in the event of a wild fire. NOWHERE.
AND, whats more, its so simple that its fucking scary.
With this you have numerous options, but essentially you can either go DOWN with the BUNKER or Build it at ground level. I favour the ground level unit as it deletes all sorts of issues such as retaining water, ease of access in and out and structurally its far, far easier than trying to hold back dirt, water proof shite on so on.
But stay with me here. A Simple construction, that then has dirt put against the side and rear and a Dirt wall to the front, not unlike a blast shelter, with a roof that will not BURN, perhaps also covered in dirt will provide SIGNIFICANT protection for the occupants. Especially if its in a clearing as well, perhaps with water to it. You would most definitely have water in there in some fashion and maybe a canvas curtain of some sort as well.
It does not have to be huge and over the top and I reckon people could come up with a cheap modular version that’s readily transportable and easy to be installed. Maybe insurers and councils need to look at this, along with letting people CUT DOWN FUCKING TREES close to their houses. FUCKING TREE HUIGGIN REGULATIONS in a lot of cases STOP you doing significant fire reduction work around your property. But enough of that.
Its not just that simple, the weather, the wind, the fuel on the ground, burning restrictions, perhaps a lack of burning off by gummite, lack of resources and Christ knows what else. Toss all this shit together and on Saturday it created something we have never seen before on such a scale.