Australian Bushfire Building Conference (ABBC) 23-25 October 2019

Rachel and Emilis gave a joint presentation at this conference, held at the Fairmont Resort at Leura in the Blue Mountains. We were invited by the conference committee after conference MC, Bianca Nogrady, interviewed Rachel for an article she was writing for MIT Technology Review in the USA. Bianca took an interest in the concept of “Fire-fitness” – a major output of Rachel’s PhD.

At the time of writing this post, the stunning country near Leura (close to Katoomba) is burning – along with so many other parts of New South Wales – and at the same time snow is falling in Tasmania.
This was a fabulous conference with a single stream – so everyone heard all presentations. Delegates were architects, building designers, planners, builders, fire safety companies, policy makers, local government personnel, emergency services, researchers and other innovators – like Engine Room Solutions. Many of these people are practitioners, which makes for a very proactive, “can-do” kind of meeting.

Our presentation was titled: Target fire-fitness: preparedness and resilience in community and the built environment. We were honoured to be the closing presentation of the conference after two days of content from interesting people tackling real-world problems with diverse problem-solving skills. We hope to attend again, next time reporting on some early results of fire-fitness programs we have trialled in various locations.


Please CONTACT US if you would like to be one of the first to implement a fire-fitness program for your community, group or workplace.