Meeting bushfire requirements
In 2009, the Australian Standards AS3959-2009 ‘Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas’ was introduced to improve the resistance of buildings to bushfire attacks resulting from burning embers, radiant heat, flame contact and combinations of the three.
The standard includes a method for assessing categories of bushfire attacks called Bushfire Attack Levels (BAL) in areas that have been classified by authorities as being ‘bushfire prone’.
A building surveyor will use BAL to check compliance with the construction requirements of the standard. All building approvals issued within bushfire prone areas are required to build to BAL 12.5 standards as a minimum even if the site specific BAL assessment is low.
All Hebel products and systems meet or exceed the requirements for all six Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) categories making Hebel the smart choice for building in bushfire zones.