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Buildings and Bushfires (The Researchers - Series 2)

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Many people believe bushfires create such an enormous amount of heat that, when surrounded by a bushfire, their houses may just explode in flames.

But researchers from CSIRO have found no evidence to support this popular myth. They have found, instead, that most houses catch alight in three ways: by direct flame contact, by radiant heat, and more importantly, by embers and combustible debris blown by the wind.

The outcome of their research has been a set of basic design principles for houses built in bushfire-prone areas.

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