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As our fire season becomes hotter and longer, it’s vital we build houses that can withstand these conditions.

This course provides crucial knowledge for professionals working in bushfire planning, design or advisory services.

Designed with the Fire Protection Authority Australia (FPAA), it gives you the skills needed to apply for Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD) 1 accreditation.

Describe different mechanisms of house loss

Using data and case study fires from around Australia and the world, you’ll assess bushfire behavior and exposure types and describe the different mechanisms of house loss from bushfire.

Investigate landscape, weather and other local factors

Deconstruct how landscape, weather, and other factors influence the way buildings respond to bushfire in a planned environment. Investigate data from residential areas in your own location.

Consider the role of standards

Explore the role of building standards and discuss inclusions and exclusions based on scientific research. Gain knowledge to help you work towards bushfire planning and design accreditation.

Who you will learn from

Learn from skilled academic and professional experts who will share invaluable knowledge you can use in your job.

Professor Trent Penman

Professor in Bushfire Behaviour

Trent is a bushfire risk modeller interested in all aspects of bushfire management. Over the last ten years, his research has combined fire simulation with risk research methodologies such as Bayesian Networks. Trent is currently leading a project that will develop a fire regime simulation tool.

Dr Alex Filkov

Senior Fire Behaviour Research Fellow

Alex researches the fundamental aspects of ignition and combustion. He collaborates with researchers around the globe to understand the behaviour of fire and firebrands, the performance of materials, and the properties of fuels. He's currently using emerging technologies to uncover the mechanisms that drive dynamic behaviour in wildfires.

More from this series

Take multiple courses to deepen your knowledge or stack towards a full degree.

The Building in Bushfire Prone Lands series

This series explores how effective building design can make living in fire-prone landscapes more sustainable, and provides a comprehensive understanding of how buildings respond to bushfire in a planned environment.

It has been developed in consultation with The Fire Protection Authority Australia (FPAA) and aims to equip you with the skills to apply for Bushfire Planning and Design (BPAD) 1 accreditation.

The series also provides a pathway into our Graduate Certificate in Bushfire Behaviour and Planning. See course details for more information.

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For individuals

To take Determinants of House Loss Due to Fire as a stand-alone Melbourne MicroCert, you'll pay the normal course price.

$1489.99 AUD (inc GST)

Please contact Student Support to discuss discounts and payment options for University of Melbourne staff or alumni, or to pay by invoice.

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Registration closes Jul 9, 2023

For teams

If you have three or more team members who are keen to upskill with Determinants of House Loss Due to Fire, get in touch to discuss pricing. For large groups, we can also deliver and contextualise this course exclusively for your organisation.

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10 July – 13 August 2023

Registration closes Jul 9, 2023

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