Knowledge Base

Windows in Bushfire Zones

The Australian Window Association (AWA) has published a document outlining the different window requirements for each BAL level. A tip to overcome screening windows in BAL 29 within 400mm of a level surface or next to a pitch less than 18 degrees is to use a window that will comply with BAL 40 requirements instead of the BAL 29 rating.…

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BAL Design Guide

James Hardie have put together a design guide covering BAL construction. This publication shows which James Hardie products can be used to comply in each situation. For more assistance feel free to ask us for assistance. We often use James Hardie products on our Bushfire projects.

Desigining in Bushfire Areas

Despite what you may hear it is defiantly possible to use timber in some categories of BAL levels. This may not be true in BAL 40 and BAL FZ in NSW but for all other BAL ratings timber may be used. While it is possible, it's still a good idea to keep some simple design principle in mind such as…

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Can I use timber in a Bushfire Zone?

Wood Solutions has put together a comprehensive document on what timber can be used where on a house on bushfire prone land. Beware, this is not light reading and is quite detailed in its information. If you have trouble interpreting this document feel free to ask us questions.

What Busfire Attack Level is my house?

Wood Solutions is an industry initiative designed to provide independent, non-proprietary information about timber and wood products to professionals and companies involved in building design and construction. As part of their service they have put together a BAL attack level calculator which will help home owners in the early stages of their project design determine which level of bushfire attack…

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Roof Tiles

Roof tiles have been around for a long time and have been the dominant roofing material in Australia for over 100 years. Roofing techniques and roof tiles have changed considerably over the years. Roof tiles now provide more benefits and variations in shape and colour than ever before. Did you know, there is such a thing as a solar tile.…

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Which Door?

There are a number of different doors you can use for your project. Solid doors internally feel great and solid to open and close but do cost approximately five times more than the same hollow core door. An alternative to using solid doors throughout your house is to use solid doors on rooms such as bedrooms and bathrooms and use…

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Colorbond

Colorbond can be a great product for any building from small residential up to large commercial projects. It’s mainly used as a roofing product but its versatility means it can be used in many more applications. The attached brochure shows many applications and different colour ranges for a wide variety of styles. At the rear of the brochure is a…

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Flame Zone (BAL FZ) metal roof details

Bluescope steel has produced a "how to" publication in relation to constructing an eve and roof detail compliant with the BAL FZ requirements. Within the document there are detailed sections showing all the required components and how they fit together. After looking at this document it is easy to see where the extra expense goes when building in a flame zone.…

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Timber Flooring

There is a vast range of timber floor options available, each with their own look and feel. Some are hard, some soft, some take stain well and others do not. Some species have alot of knots and others are more clear. In additon to the look each type provides there is also the cost of each to supply and lay.…

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