first_imgQuality and custom-built. 79 Fairview Drive, Willow Vale is on the market for $1.19 million. Firefighters from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) protecting property.Firefighters were kept busy over the fire season, battling two separate blazes in the Gold Coast Hinterland in September 2017. The stretch of Hinterland, home to plenty of timber properties, is classed as high to very high bushfire risk, according to Gold Coast City Council mapping.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago The property listing describes “high-end quality timber floors”. Bushfire at Cedar Creek in September, 2017 as helicopters waterbomb the blaze. Picture Glenn Hampson Valley views.Fire-tested species include blackbutt, spotted gum, red river gum and silver top ash.However, property owners should steer clear of treated timber, which does not have any fire-retardant value and can release toxic fumes when burnt.“In areas like the Hinterland there are a lot of timber houses around,” said Ms Healey.“Regardless of the home, we ask landowners to have a bushfire survival plan, and prepare their properties such as cutting long grass, so if a bushfire eventuates, there is the ability for firefighters to get in there.” This rainforest retreat features blackbutt timber, which is fire-tested.Rural Fire Service acting regional manager Kaye Healing said recent storm activity has dampened the Gold Coast’s fire risk after a particularly dry winter and spring. “It has brought the fire season to a close, but that doesn’t mean we won’t get any fires, it means we shouldn’t get erratic fires,” Ms Healing said. “It had really started to dry out before the rain came, but now we have relative humidity, there’s a lot of moisture in the atmosphere.” 62 Kyte St, Currumbin Valley features blackbutt timber and is on the market.RECENT rainfall has put an end to the Gold Coast’s official bushfire season, but homeowners are being urged to check their timber selection when it comes to building or making additions to their properties. According to Archicentre Australia, it’s important for owners to seek professional advice to choose timber species that fit both design consideration and bushfire risk. Map of Gold Coast fire zones. Source: Gold Coast City Council.Archicentre Australia said residents should leave it to the professionals to check the regulations about residential timber use in their area as per the National Constriction Code. “Non-combustible materials are generally acceptable, with the use of timber restricted to certain fire tested species, which is testing for architects let alone for home renovators or paraprofessionals,” said Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev. 25-27 Forest Ridge Drive, Bonogin is on the market. The interior features extensive use of spotted gum.What to look out for: — For floors, most categories of timber are fine, however it must be sheeted underneath if it is not enclosed. — In high-risk areas, external doors must have weather strips and tight-fitting metal flyscreens. — In the high risk category, aluminium mesh cannot be used and leadlight windows must be protected by non-combustible shutters or toughened glass.— In the extreme category, timber doors must be fire- retardant treated, have a non-combustible covering, be protected by non-combustible shutters or be solid core doors at least 35mm thick.— For the medium risk category fascias may be timber but for the high risk category, fire-retardant treated must be used.— For decks there must be a separation between decking timbers and the rest of the house to prevent the spread of fire into the building.last_img

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