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Bushfire Assessment

Protect Your Property. Ainley Projects can show you how to reduce your bushfire risk

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Global warming is causing temperatures to steadily rise, resulting in a change in rainfall patterns worldwide. Australia, already a hot, dry country, will steadily become hotter and drier in the future. As vegetation becomes drier, fire risk increases.

Bushfire Planning & Mitigation

Bushfires in Australia cause extensive damage to property and can result in the tragic loss of life. In response to Victoria’s devastating bushfires, the Victorian government has introduced a new residential building standard, implementing the following safety measures:

  • The Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) is a bushfire management tool that is used to identify properties that fall within areas that are considered high-risk in terms of bushfire threats.  Properties within a BMO require a planning permit for developments and some renovations and need to understand and address their bushfire risk.
  • All new buildings, renovations, additions, and building repairs that are planned in bushfire-prone areas are now required to submit a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment when applying for a building permit. Based on the level of fire risk, an appropriate method of construction or additional safety features may be enforced to protect homes and the people that live in them.

Bushfire Risk Assessment

Ainley Projects can conduct BAL assessments and BMO investigations to determine the potential bushfire risk of its clients’ properties. Based on the potential bushfire risk, bushfire behaviour, and vegetation management issues, Ainley Projects’ bushfire experts will advise on the most suitable construction materials and methods to use to minimise fire risk.

The diversity of the skills in its team allows Ainley Projects to provide a holistic approach to bushfire planning by:

  • Assessing the fire risk
  • Offering advice to reduce fire risk: vegetation management (e.g. bush clearing), fire breaks and other precautionary measures
  • Offering building advice: choice of materials, building methods, incorporating additional safety measures, etc.