Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessments
In 2009 the horrific Black Saturday bushfires
devastated the lives of many Victorians that evolved
into major changes in the building legislation. As a
result all building works in Victoria requires a BAL
assessment to be conducted during the design stage
of the project.
ZONNE can perform a Bushfire Attack level (BAL)
Assessment of your property as part of a building
permit application to establish the level of
bushfire protection required to be implemented in
the construction of your project under AS 3959-2009.
More information can be obtained from the
Building Commission website on this link.
Voluntary Existing Home Recommendations
The majority of residences in bushfire prone
areas pre-date the Australian Standard 3959-2009
regulations that require consideration of bushfire
protection measures, meaning existing houses are
unlikely to achieve the increased levels of bushfire
protection delivered by the new Standard.
As such, the Building Commission and Country Fire
Authority (CFA) have joined together to provide
practical advice through the development of "A guide
to retrofit your home for better protection from a
bushfire", for use by those members of the community
who wish to upgrade their existing homes to be
better protected from bushfires.
The guide is divided into two parts; retrofit for
generic ember protection and retrofit protection for
various Bushfire Attack Levels (BAL), based upon the
Standard. A copy is available