A Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessment is a means of measuring the severity of a buildings potential exposure to ember attack, radiant heat and direct flame contact in a bushfire event, and thereby determining the construction measures required for the dwelling.
You need to have a BAL assessment before lodging your plans to council; otherwise your building plans will be rejected. It is best to have a BAL assessment done before your plans are complete, as you may need to change your design to suit the requirements of your BAL rating.
You only have to have a BAL assessment done if your property falls within the current designated bush fire prone areas, as on the Map of Bushfire Prone Areas. See if your property falls within the designated bush fire prone areas here
Your BAL assessment tells you what circumstances you may encounter if a bushfire was near you, and helps you to protect your house from bushfire attack or exposure. The lower your BAL rating the more protected you are from a bushfire, and you will have to spend less on meeting BAL requirements.
The Bushfire Prone Map identifies land within the bush fire prone areas of Western Australia as designated by the Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner. All bush fire prone areas will be subject to new construction and planning requirements. These new requirements will ensure future developments in bush fire prone areas are better protected from bushfires.
The Bushfire Prone Map tells you whether you are in a bushfire prone area. If you are in a bushfire prone area you will need a BAL Assessment done, as all bush fire prone areas will be subject to new construction and planning requirements. These new requirements will ensure future developments in bush fire prone areas are better protected from bushfires.
A Bushfire Management Plan (BMP) is a plan which identifies the extent of the bushfire hazard to a development. A BMP sets out short, medium and long term bushfire risk management strategies for a particular area.
This Bushfire Management Plan is used to support planning proposals and development applications in bushfire prone areas. It considers things such as fire breaks, fire fighting water supply, fire fighting access, easements and ongoing risk management responsibilities.
A BMP can be undertaken by an accredited Level 2 or Level 3 Bushfire Planning Practitioner, which is why at Bushfire Smart we make sure that we use accredited assessors, so you can have a reliable Bushfire Management Plan.
A House Energy Rating is the index of a building’s thermal performance (i.e. heating and cooling requirements) for residential homes in Australia..
Yes, you do need to have an Energy Rating. When you apply for a building license, you will need to prove that you have met the energy efficiency requirements found in the Building Code of Australia
There are three way to comply with the energy efficiency regulations. These are: 6 Star Certifications, Verification using a reference building or Elemental Provisions. To find out more about these methods click here.
A CDC or Certificate of Design Compliance assesses your building project against the BCA to ensure that it meets all of the requirements of the BCA.
With a CDC plans are approved by the council within 10 working days (Instead of 25 days) and you receive a discount from the council that typically covers the cost of the certification. With a CDC, Bushfire Smart can ensure your building license application passes quickly, the first time.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions