BAL ASSESSMENTS

Used to determine the level of bush fire threat to a building or development, a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessment, measures the severity of a building’s potential exposure to ember attack, radiant heat and direct flame contact, and provide's the necessary measures to manage the fire risk, including the construction standards to improve the resistance of buildings to bush fire attack 

Weather looking to build a new home or add an extension, subdivide your property, or simply looking to add a deck or patio, if you are located in a bush fire prone area, chances are you will more than likely require a BAL Assessment.

Here at Bushfire Risk Solutions, our aim is to reducing bush fire risk throughout Western Australia, our BPAD accredited consultants have an expert understanding of the requirements of each local government area, providing an accurate assessment and advise to reduce your risk, ensuring piece of mind. 

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What are the bushfire attack levels, and what do they mean

BAL-Low: there is insignificant risk to warrant specific construction requirements however, ember attack may still occur.


BAL-12.5: primary risk of ember attack.


BAL-19:  increasing levels of ember attack and burning debris ignited by wind borne embers; increased exposure to radiant heat.


BAL-29: increasing levels of ember attack and burning debris ignited by wind borne embers; increased exposure to radiant heat.


BAL-40:  Increasing levels of ember attack and burning debris ignited by windborne embers, together with increasing exposure to radiant heat and with the increased likelihood of exposure to flames. 


BAL-FZ: direct exposure to flames from fire is likely with high levels of radiant heat exposure and ember attack.

HOW IS A BAL ASSESSMENT CONDUCTED


In order to determine the BAL rating, a site assessment is carried out within a 100 m radius of the proposed dwelling taking into account the:  

  • Fire Danger Index (FDI),
  • The vegetation type,
  • The distance between your property and vegetation, and
  • Slope of the property 


To find out more, contact one of our BPAD accredited practitioners. 

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