BAL Assessment WA
Due to the hotter climate in Western Australia and greater fire risk, our Perth business has one single objective: To save lives – yours and your families.
During a major bushfire, it would be extremely unlikely to have a fire truck at home – in fact you would be blessed to even have one for the entire road.
If you live in a bushfire prone area, it is extremely crucial that you prepare your home to the Australian standards 3959-2009, to increase the likelihood of sheltering in your home as the fire passes.
Our job is to provide you with an affordable BAL assessment that is conducted by accredited professionals.
All BAL bushfire assessments are performed by consultants to achieve at least the lowest BAL rating that complies to AS3959-2009.
Anyone who is inside the bushfire prone area who plans to build a new home,
make alterations to an existing structure or build additions will need a bushfire
attack level assessment prepared by a professional.
Has your building been assessed?
Bushfire attack level reports carried out by builders can contain errors; that’s why we have a free service to review any bushfire assessment and provide some free guidance to lower your rating. Just email us a copy of your report with your best contact number and we’ll give you a call once the review is complete. Why take the risk?
Learn more about bushfire assessments and your report
I'm in Western Australia, do I need a BAL Assessment?
If you’re inside the bush fire prone area, planning to build a new home, make alterations to an existing structure or build additions to a current building, you will need a bushfire attack level prepared by a professional bushfire consultant. Any application in a designated bushfire prone area (as observed in the bushfire prone map) has a requirement to include a BAL assessment.
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Am I exempt from a bushfire assessment in Western Australia?
Anyone outside the bushfire prone area and anyone who is building a single house on a lot/s less than 1,100m2 will not need a BAL report for planning, even if you’re going to build in a bushfire prone area.
However, the building permit approval process can still require a BAL assessment in limited cases. For further information on building permits process please contact your local government. If you are in a zone where a local planning scheme doesn’t apply then you will also not need to undertake a BAL assessment.
What are the costs associated with different levels?
The cost associated with building your house to comply with the new standard can vary greatly for each BAL level and even builder to builder. Before making an offer on any land you plan to build on, particularly in a rural setting, it is very important you have an understanding of what your BAL might be and the costs that are required to comply with AS3959. Please contact us for FREE advice before placing an offer.
BAL 12.5 - +$3,000 to $6,000
BAL 19 - +$6,000 to $11,000
BAL 29 - +$11,000 to $20,000
BAL 40 - +$20,000 to $30,000
BAL FZ - +$50,000 to $150,000
Once you have determined your bushfire attack level rating, you can then ask your builder to outline the different costs associated with the ratings. Please email us any information that your builder has provided, as we are currently making a list of different builders and the cost regarding all bushfire attack levels.
What is the BAL Rating Flame Zone and BAL 40?
Time and time again, we are asked about the difference between the fire ratings of Flames End and BAL 40. The BAL ratings relate to the anticipated bushfire tech level for a particular site. The BAL Flame Zone is the most extreme exposure zone to bushfire. Bal 40 is the second highest level, however, it should be remembered that Flame Zone will be over double the heat exposure to that of BAL 40. For Flame Zone assists sites, only products tested to the Flame Zone standard should be used. Using products tested to this standard will ensure that your home has the best possible protection against a bushfire.
Products tested to BAL 40 will not substitute for Flame Zone applications. A large misconception out there is that BAL 40 windows used in conjunction with other products will meet the Flame Zone requirements, however this will not only put you at risk but your home as well. In protecting your home, you're not only talking about safeguarding your house but also your photographs, your memories, your pets, your family and everything that home means to you. Is it worth the risk using anything other than tested systems?
Do I have the correct level of insurance?
The average cost of rebuilding homes has increased over time particularly with the changes to the national building code that was amended in 2010 after the Black Saturday fires. An average home that might cost $200,000 to build could potentially cost double if the home has a bushfire rating of BAL-FZ (the highest rating given under AS3959).
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