Monday, June 15th, 2009
For the many Victorians who lost their homes in the February bushfires there will always be questions about what happened to their homes.

Why do some homes remain standing while others are burnt to the ground? What, if anything can builders and designers involved in the rebuilding process do to prevent such tragedies occurring in the future?

The Black Saturday tragedy highlights the need to understand how to design and build in bushfire zones and according to Robert Caulfield, Archicentre Managing Director, the industry must work together to find a solution.

“The 2009 Victorian bushfires were the most intense ever seen and the way we approach designing buildings in bushfire prone areas will change as we develop more stringent planning and building guides,” Caulfield says

Caulfield along with other experts, will discuss these issues and more at 7pm on July 6th on myLOOKHOMEtv, a 30 minutes live online TV show accessed via the web (www.lookhome.com.au/tv.html).

Viewers can log on for free, watch the show and then take part in the live interactive question time session for the final 10 minutes of the show.

“It is an opportunity for those living in bushfire prone areas or those planning on building in a bushfire zone to hear the most up to date research and have their questions answered in real time,’ Caulfield says.

The focus of the half hour show is Safe Design which will also cover kidsafe design and designing for an aging population.

myLOOKHOMEtv Executive Producer Amanda Falconer says the show will also be an opportunity to outline the soon to be launched bushfire design concept service that Archicentre is running for the Victorian Building Commission.

“The concept is designed to help those who lost their homes in the February fires,“ Falconer says. “Up to 200 recipients will be selected to receive this free service and Archicentre will commission one of its architects to provide a custom designed new home concept including floor plans, elevations, cost estimates and a report.”

The plans will also be submitted to the Australian Institute of Architects “Design a Home” service whereby other bushfire victims are the general public can have access to the design.

To find out more go to www.lookhome.com.au/tv.html, subscribe for free and watch myLOOKHOMEtv on Monday July 6th at 7pm.

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