If your block of land is in a bushfire prone area then Camorino Constructions can help you navigate your way through the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) guidelines and design & build a custom home to suit.
Call us to find out how we can build or extend your home on land with a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) rating.
What is BUSHFIRE ATTACK LEVEL (BAL).
A Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) is a determined risk level of the threat to buildings in the event of a bushfire. Any property that is located in a designated bushfire prone area with plans for a new home or alteration/extension has to comply with the bushfire construction requirements of AS 3959-2009.
Any property within a designated bushfire prone area will need to undertake a BAL assessment to determine which BAL Zone the site location on the property falls into and therefore, which construction requirements of the Australian Standard need to be applied.
Higher BAL assessments result in stricter building requirements. Building in areas with high BAL ratings can be complicated and costly, and in extreme cases, impossible to comply with.
We strongly recommend getting land assessed for a preliminary BAL rating prior to purchasing. You may choose to make the purchase of the land subject to a BAL rating of 29 or lower.
Homes built in BAL-40 zones will require substantial changes in material, building design and orientation of the house on the land.
Call your local council first to see if the block of land you are considering purchasing has a BAL rating & if your property is in a designated bushfire prone area. If so, then Camorino can recommend a BAL Assessor that can complete a BAL report for you. This BAL report will also form part of your DA & or Building permit application as well as contribute to the final house design.