BAL Explained!

SO, WHAT IS A BAL RATING? Have you ever wondered what BAL stands for in terms of how it will affect your build? Well, these 3 little letters could make or break the budget if your block is affected. A Bush Fire Attack Level or BAL, is a means of measuring the severity of a […]

Your essential guide to understanding BAL ratings., BAL Explained!

SO, WHAT IS A BAL RATING?

Have you ever wondered what BAL stands for in terms of how it will affect your build? Well, these 3 little letters could make or break the budget if your block is affected.

A Bush Fire Attack Level or BAL, is a means of measuring the severity of a building’s exposure to ember attack, radiant heat and direct flame contact. It is measured in increments of radiant heat (expressed in kilowatts). Basically, it is a council requirement of building and depending on the rating, certain materials must be used for the construction. This means that the higher the BAL rating, the more cost needs to be planned for.

Mincove will help you in ordering a BAL report for your block. A BAL report is the basis for measuring and establishing the requirements under Australian standard of construction in Bushfire prone areas. When you have received your BAL report, Mincove will be able to provide you with accurate pricing for your project.

Mincove Homes can help you throughout the building and planning process. We can order all your reports and will provide you with accurate pricing. Did you know we can even try to get your BAL rating reduced?! Helping you save costs.

THERE ARE SIX BAL RATINGS:

BAL – LOW Insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
BAL – 12.5 Ember attack = 12.5 construction requirements
BAL – 19 Increasing level of ember attack and burning debris and flux
BAL – 29 Increasing levels of ember attack, burning debris increasing heat flux
BAL – 40 Increasing levels of ember attack, increasing heat flux, increase likelihood of exposure to flames
FLAMEZONE Direct exposure to flames from fire, in addition to heat flux and ember attack
Your essential guide to understanding BAL ratings., BAL Explained!

A building’s BAL rating is determined by a number of criteria, including the slope of your block, the kind of greenery in the region, and how near the home will be to flora in each direction.

If you have any questions about your BAL affected block or you have more questions, please get in touch with us.

Your essential guide to understanding BAL ratings., BAL Explained!
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Mincove Homes Published on Nov 16, 2022 2 minute read

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