Sustainability WA

Bushfire Consulting

To ensure you are getting the best result, Sustainability WA BAL assessments and Bushfire Management Plans are carried out by FPAA accredited consultants.

Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessments

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.

The BAL assessment takes into account several factors including the Fire Danger Index, the slope of the land, types of vegetation and how close it is to the proposed building.

Once a BAL is calculated, building construction requirements can be calculated from the relevant sections of the Australian standard to ensure the correct resistance to bushfires. These requirements take into account the BAL rating for attack from burning embers, radiant heat and flame contact.

The Bushfire Attack Levels are broken down into 6 categories:

There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements

Ember Attack

Increasing levels of ember attack and burning debris ignited by windborne embers together with increasing heat flux

Increasing levels of ember attack and burning debris ignited by windborne embers together with increasing heat flux

Increasing levels of ember attack and burning debris ignited by windborne embers together with increasing heat flux with the increased likelihood of exposure to flames

Direct exposure to flames from the fire front in addition to heat flux and ember attack

Each one of these can add costs to your building costs, so it is important to get a qualified person to prepare a report that recognises the most cost effective method of assessment. To ensure you are getting the best result,  our BAL assessments are carried out by FPAA accredited consultants.

Bushfire Management Plans (BMP)

A Bushfire Management Plan (BMP) is used to assess a proposal against State Planning Policy 3.7 (SPP 3.7). This is required when a project falls within a bushfire prone area and involves either a development approval or subdivision of land.

Our in-house Bushfire Practitioners assess the property, advise how to comply with SPP3.7, and provide a report demonstrating compliance which is suitable for lodgement with Local Council or WAPC. Fully accredited with the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPAA) our reports are accepted throughout Western Australia.

Contact us for pricing, advice or just a chat about your bushfire requirements.