Do I need a BAL Assessment?
You will need a BAL assessment if:
- Your property is located in a designated bushfire prone area; and
- Your property is located in an area covered by local planning scheme.
Who can do a BAL Assessment?
It is strongly recommended that you use an accredited BAL Assessor or an accredited Bushfire Planning Practitioner to undertake your BAL assessment
What do you want your clients to know?
In order to determine the BAL rating, a site assessment is carried out taking into consideration a number of factors including: the Fire Danger Index, the slope of land, types of surrounding vegetation and its proximity to structure.
What are the Bushfire Attack Levels (BAL) Ratings, 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 wind borne 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.
What is fuel?
Fuel is any grass, leaf litter, twigs, bark and other live vegetation which can burn. Fuel builds up at different rates in different areas depending on how fast the vegetation grows compared to how fast it decomposes.
One of the major ways we can manage bushfire risk is to manage fuels.