The term bushfire behaviour refers to how a bushfire will react to surrounding environmental conditions and landscape.
Why is this important? Because, if we understand the way a bushfire is likely to behave, it will allow us to predict the intensity, rate of travel and, direction of a bushfire, in a given set of circumstances or location.
So you are building a house in a Bushfire Prone area and now you are wondering what that may mean for the future of your home or project. How much will it cost and what changes do you need to make?
In our previous articles we have discussed what a BAL rating is. If you haven't seen that article you can read it here: What is a BAL rating. But you may ask, how is a BAL rating calculated?
A Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessment is a means of measuring the severity of a building's potential exposure to the three different ways a bushfire can attack a property - ember attack, radiant heat and direct flame contact. To learn more about how these can impact a property see our article here: How a Bushfire attacks your home.
When we picture a house or building being destroyed by a bushfire we often imagine the flames from the fire directly attacking the house overtaking the house.But did you know that houses have been lost that are over 700 metres form the fire front? And that most houses are not destroyed by direct flame contact?
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