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Building with Timber in Bushfire-prone Areas

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Building with Timber in Bushfire Prone Areas explains the Australian Standard for construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas, including the requirements for each of the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) areas.

WoodSolutions Design Guides have been developed to provide an authoritative source of information for design and construction professionals, the timber industry and other interested readers. Written by specialists, each guide aims to present the most up-to-date information to facilitate compliance with regulations including the National Construction Code (NCC).

Determine your BAL

You can calculate the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) for your site using the free online WoodSolutions BAL Calculator.

Please Note:  Elements of the NCC may vary between states and local jurisdictions. Check with your local authorities if you are unsure.

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Building with Timber in Bushfire-prone Areas

The Australian Standard AS 3959–2009 Construction of Buildings in Bushfire-prone Areas has the benefit of many years of scientific development and provides an extensive guide to building homes to minimise risk for different levels of bushfire vulnerability. Designing to ‘build out’ bushfires requires minimising the risk of ember, radiant heat and even flame damage. With appropriate design decisions you can create an attractive timber home using sustainably sourced timber both inside and out.

The design guide Building with Timber in Bushfire Prone Areasexplains the Australian Standard for construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas. The guide includes the requirements for each of the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) areas and focuses on traditional building methods using timber.

More information on building in bushfire-prone areas can be found here.

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