The Shoalhaven community were invited to provide input in the development of a bushfire-resilient house design as part of a community led project being run by Bushfire Building Council of Australia (BBCA), NRMA Insurance and Shoalhaven City Council.


About the project

The project, known as FORTIS House, aims to help residents save time and money by providing a highly resilient, sustainable, affordable and adaptable building design, for free.  

FORTIS will make the re-building process easier, with free architectural drawings, construction manual and consumer handbook that shows community members, building designers and trades how to adapt the design to a homeowner’s site requirements, style and required bushfire attack level (BAL) rating. 

The project was established in response to calls for help from community members struggling to re-build their homes and lives in bushfire-prone areas.

Council is seeking input from bushfire-affected community members in the Shoalhaven to develop the bushfire-resilient ‘FORTIS House’ through a virtual community design workshop. Input is also being sought via an online Community Design Questionnaire to help inform the Design Workshop. 

The Community Design Workshop was held on 26 May 2021 and the FORTIS House public launch was held in Shoalhaven in October 2021. 

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Alternatively, if you would like to learn more about the project, take a look at the FAQ or email