After Victoria's worst fires on record, architects are wondering what can make a building safe in the face of flaming maelstroms like these. Norman Day has suggested that all houses in fire-risk areas should have underground concrete bunkers. He seems to be saying that a house, no matter how it is built, can't be expected to withstand the new benchmark in fire ferocity. Yet some houses in the worst-affected areas did emerge unscathed, when neighbours' homes were burnt to the ground - often thanks to a roof sprinkler system throwing water well beyond the house itself, powered by generators and fed by large fire tanks.
Christine Nixon's new Bushfire Reconstruction Authority, along with Premier Brumby's Royal Commission into the fire will no doubt be looking into the adequacy of the current wildfire provisions of the planning and building codes. What should they be considering?