Australia is no stranger to bushfires. However, the summer of 2019-2020 proved to be unprecedented in many ways. By mid-February 2020, thousands of bushfires across the country had claimed the lives of over 30 people and a billion animals, and burnt around 20 million hectares of land. With approximately 3,000 homes and several thousand other … Continue reading Bushfire resilient building design
The recent bushfires extended from September last year until the end of March. We were therefore under attack for half a year. It exposed many weaknesses in our built environment and the stewardship of our natural resources. We were found exposed because of directionless development and the vulnerability of our built assets to both wildfires … Continue reading Bushfires – Assets and liabilities
The fire we were escaping from was the Applethorpe fire in Queensland which started on the 6th September 2019. We were some of the first groups to be evacuated in the 2019 fires. Since then many thousands of people in most states have been evacuated to escape the bush fires/wildfires currently spreading over Australia. View … Continue reading Bushfires – Take what is valuable
One reason for Australia’s procrastination on the adoption of new technology to help prepare us for the effects of our harsh environment is because most believe nothing can be done to protect us from bush fires. The reality, however, is that this is simply not correct and doing nothing is a symptom Australia can ill … Continue reading Bushfires – What’s in a name?
This fire evaculation case study discusses the after-effect and possible advances in high rise fire safety. Urban planners, lawmakers and architects should be constantly questioning the connection between building and nearby buildings, and can’t afford to underestimate the importance of adequate access for fire trucks and other emergency vehicles to navigate around buildings and provide … Continue reading High Rise Fire Safety in Smart Urban Planning
Submission by Cox Architects to the “2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission”. The following are parts of the above submission: ABC Interview (mp3 format) of Cox Architects Director David Cox on the 5/3/2009.
The effects of being in this situation are considerable but if viewed objectively, it can teach us all many things including what not to do. This article tries to explain to the reader what it is like to be trapped in a burning building and it parallels this experience with principals of behavioural studies. There … Continue reading Trapped in a burning building
For many years, the majority of Australians have been comforted by the thought that the prevalence of bush fires doesn’t concern those living in urban areas. Whilst there might be empathy for our ‘country cousins’, many don’t consider these fires to be a direct threat. So is this assumption correct or just a misguided myth? … Continue reading Bush Fire Architecture
Over the past year, the fire resistance standards of our Fire Shutters, designed by Cox Architects®, has been evaluated for compliance with Australian Bush Fire standards. This process has now been completed and the fire shutters passed the testing requirements and now are suitable for use throughout Australia. Our Fire Shutters are one part of … Continue reading Cox Architects® Fire Shutters Pass Rigorous Compliance Testing
Cox Architects announces that their fire shutters have met the rigorous compliance testing requirements of Australian Bush Fire standards, making them suitable for use throughout Australia. These fire shutters are part of a series of innovations that evolved from Cox Architects’ award-winning research project into Bush Fire Resistance Construction started over 10 years ago. David Cox, a leading … Continue reading Fire shutters Australian Bush Fire standard compliant
Over the past year, the fire resistance standards of our Fire Shutters, designed by Cox Architects®, has been evaluated for compliance with Australian Bush Fire standards. This process has now been completed and the fire shutters passed the testing requirements and now are suitable for use throughout Australia. Our Fire Shutters are one part of … Continue reading Fire Shutters
Cox Architects of Australia was awarded honorable mentions in the Build and Concept categories for the entry titled “Fire Station”. The jury selected winners from over 500 entries from over 25 countries. About the Green Dot Awards The Green Dot Awards honor excellence in innovative environmental projects, products and services. They reward and promote forward-thinking … Continue reading Green Architectural Product Excellence Award
ON Earth’s driest inhabited continent, devastating bushfires are a fact of life. When those fires ravage the terrain, all too often urban or rural inhabited areas are in the firing line and homes as well as other structures are destroyed. The Xanthorrhoea 1 multi-function display building was opened at Thulimbah on Saturday and is the … Continue reading R&D Bushfire Resistant Building Launch
The Premier of Queensland recognised the research work by Cox Architects at the Ai Group’s Annual Gala Dinner which was held to celebrate Queensland Industry. Cox Architect’s research work on Bushfire Resistant Buildings was recognised and the firm noted as a winner of the inaugural “What’s Your Big Idea Queensland” award. The award, which received … Continue reading Building Research Recognised
The Cox bushfire-resistant construction system was a finalist in three categories at the prestigious BPN Sustainability Awards. The awards were presented to Cox Architects at a gala event in Sydney 13th October 2011. Small Commercial Public Building & Urban Design Innovation of the Year Below are extracts from the finalist information as featured in Building … Continue reading Architectural Sustainability Award
Cox Architects was presented an award and funding to turn their big idea (bushfire resistant buildings) into reality as winners of the 2011 “What’s Your Big Idea Queensland” award. Peak industry body Ai Group holds the awards to help innovative businesses take the next step to commercialisation and providing support for futher research & development … Continue reading Excellence in Innovation Award