BAL Assessments

A Bushfire Attach Level / BAL Assessment is a means of measuring the severity of a building’s potential exposure to ember attack, radiant heat and direct flame contact, using increments of radiant heat expressed in kilowatts per metre squared as the basis for establishing the requirements for construction to improve protection of building elements from attack by bushfire.

The Standard is primarily concerned with improving the ability of buildings in designated bushfire prone areas to better withstand attack from bush fire, therefore giving better protection to the building occupants (until the fire front passes) as well as to the building itself.

This standard is part of a process that aims to lessen the risk of damage to buildings in the event of a bushfire. Other measure of mitigating damage from bush fire wall within the areas of planning, subdivision, siting, landscaping and maintenance.