Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) update

The Black Saturday bushfires claimed 173 human lives and destroyed 2029 homes – so bushfire protection has rightly become a concern for many Victorian home owners.

After the tragic Black Saturday bushfires, the Victorian Government introduced new measures in new home building and development to reduce the risk of hazards to families and their homes. These measures have recently been reviewed and we’ve got the latest.

The Building Amendment (Bushfire Construction) Regulations 2011 came into effect on 8 September 2011 and until recently, all newly constructed homes in bushfire prone zones required a minimum Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment of 12.5.

The Victorian Building Commission state that the BAL is designed to improve the ability of a building to withstand a bushfire attack and provide greater protection for occupants who might be sheltering in the dwelling as the fire front passes, as well as increasing the chances of the building surviving.

At Porter Davis, we have included a BAL of 12.5 as part of our house and land packages, which is protection against an ember attack, but the recent review by the government into bushfire prone zones has produced a new map of bushfire zoned areas.

The BAL can add costs of between $3,500 - $7,000, so we have independently reviewed each and every one of our house and land packages to ensure the BAL is being correctly applied.

You can read more about planning and building for bushfire protection on the Victorian Government Department of Planning and Community Development website.

If you have any questions about the BAL, please let us know?

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