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Building a deck in a bushfire prone area

August 05, 2015 | Bushfire prone decks | 0 comments | Author:

The recent bushfire in the Blue Mountains of NSW serves as a reminder that for many parts of Australia, bushfires can be a major concern – even in the depths of winter! So what does this mean if you are considering building a deck in a bushfire prone area?

Building a deck can be a great investment for practically any home, but in bushfire prone areas special considerations are required. These considerations are based on what is called a bushfire attack level or BAL rating. There are 6 BAL levels, ranging from low to flame zone, based on several factors including:

  • The region where your home is built.
  • The type of vegetation surrounding your property and the distance between the vegetation and your home.
  • The slope on your land and the surrounding land.

Here are some of the things you need to keep in mind if considering building a deck in a bushfire prone area, based on your BAL level:

BAL Low:

There are no requirements for BAL Low.

BAL 12.5:

  • The subfloor of decks or stairs/ramps can remain open.
  • If your deck is less than 300mm horizontally from a glazed element, which is less than 400mm (measured vertically) from the deck level, then the decking must be made from a bushfire-resistant timber.

BAL 19:

  • Requirements are the same as BAL 12.5.

BAL 29:

  • Decking supports, decking framework, decking boards and stair treads need to be made from non-combustible material or fire-resistant timber.
  • Balustrades that are less than 125mm from any glazing or combustible wall are required to be made of non-combustible material or fire-resistant timber.

BAL 40:

  • Requirements are the same as BAL 29.
  • In addition, decking boards cannot be spaced.

BAL FZ (Flame Zone)

  • Requirements are the same as BAL 40.

This is a basic guide and other factors must be considered if you decide to enclose your deck. A steel sub-frame is allowable for all the bushfire attack levels.

For more advice on building a deck in a bushfire prone area and information on BAL levels, contact Outside Concepts today.

Concept to clean up. Call Outside Concepts for a free quote on 1800 601 674.

Information to consider if you're building a deck in a bushfire prone area






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