Daylighting Solutions for Bushfire Prone Areas
Building or have a home in a bushfire prone area?
At Skydome Hunter Coast we have a range of Skylights and Skytubes that are suitable for use in bushfire prone areas. Each BAL rating has different requirements. Talk to us about your project, let us know your BAL rating and we will advise you on suitable solutions.
What is a BAL?
A BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) is a means of measuring a building’s potential exposure to ember attack, radiant heat and direct flame contact, in a bushfire event. It is a basis for establishing the requirements for construction to improve protection of building elements from attack by bushfire.
The BAL takes into consideration a number of factors including the Fire Danger Index, the slope of land, types of surrounding vegetation and its proximity to any building.
There are six levels of bushfire attack under the Australian Standard 3959-2009, ranging from low to flame zone.
Bushfires are part of life in Australia and with record temperatures they’re getting increasingly severe. VELUX High Performance skylights have been approved for buildings in bushfire prone areas (AS3959) up to BAL40. They are tested to comply when in the closed position.
The BAL40 test exposes the skylight to a staggering 930°C heat.