Mogo Bushfire Test

Full scale test of steel framed home

Scientists ‘flame-tested’ a steel-framed house in 2010 near Mogo, on the NSW south coast, to see how the structure would withstand realistic bushfire conditions.

Constructed almost entirely from steel and featuring a non-flammable roof cavity, the house construction has the potential to provide a straightforward and affordable building option for bushfire-prone areas.

CSIRO and Bushfire CRC researcher Justin Leonard said experienced fire researchers consider that a house constructed predominantly of steel should be able to survive in the flame zone of a real bushfire, assuming that windows or other external openings have not been breached.

The test was staged at the Eurobodalla Rural Fire Service Training Facility near Mogo in NSW – the only facility in Australia in 2010 with a bushfire flame front simulator that enables testing of different materials in the open under realistic bushfire conditions.

Testing was conducted in partnership with NASH, the Bushfire CRC and with support from the NSW Rural Fire Service.

full scale test of steel framed home

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