Building a New Home in a Bushfire Prone Zone?

Posted: 2015-10-07

Building a new home in Ballarat? Looking for a Ballarat Builder who can give you peace of mind? D.R. Gordon Building has many years of experience building homes in bushfire prone areas building custom homes in the Ballarat and surrounding areas to suit the rural landscape. We can take you through the process and make sure your new home meets its BAL requirements.

Australia has one of the harshest climates in the world. Mother Nature tests us with all the elements including floods, cyclones and drought. But it’s the ferociousness of a bushfire that can take us with surprise—devastating communities and leaving the landscape scarred.

Specific bushfire construction standards apply in designated bushfire prone areas in Victoria. These bushfire construction requirements are aimed at improving bushfire protection for residential buildings.

The Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) applies to land that may be significantly affected by a bushfire. The Bushfire Management Overlay triggers the need for a planning permit for certain developments and requires that new development implements appropriate bushfire protection measures.

What’s a bushfire attack level?

A bushfire attack level rates the risk your home may have to bushfire attack.

It takes into account where your site is, including its effective slope, what type of vegetation is on the site, and how close the vegetation will be to your home. It also considers the Fire Danger Index of the area.

There are six different levels:

BAL-LOW

This is given when the risk of bushfire attack is low. There are no specific construction requirements for this BAL.

BAL-12.5

BAL-19

BAL-29

BAL-40

Flame Zone

What are the construction requirements for homes built in bushfire prone areas?

The requirements depend on the BAL of the site, but they cover things that will protect your home against embers and radiant heat. These are things like:

The minimum requirements for joints and walls, including what they are made from and the thicknss.

Requirements for bushfire shutters or screens (to stop embers getting inside the house), windows, doors and garage doors.

Requirements for window glazing.

Non-combustible roofing material and gutter guards.

Whether exposed water and gas pipes need to be made from metal or protected.

Building a new home in Ballarat? Looking for a Ballarat Builder who can give you peace of mind? D.R. Gordon Building has many years of experience building homes in bushfire prone areas building custom build homes in the Ballarat and surrounding areas. We can take you through the process and make sure your new home meets its BAL requirements. Contact Us today


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