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Bushfire Rating Information
Large areas of Western Australia have now been designated as bushfire prone areas (areas likely to be subject to bushfire attack). A guide as to whether your property is affected is available at DFES Map of Bushfire Prone Areas.
If your property is located in a bushfire prone area, you may be required to meet additional planning and building requirements. This can affect the materials and construction methods you use.
You may also require a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment prior to building or developing your property. A BAL rating will determine how susceptible your property is to bushfire damage, and will establish the construction requirements for your building.
Can you Build with Timber in Bushfire Prone Areas?
Timber products can be used in some bushfire prone areas, depending on your BAL rating and other circumstances.
Cedar West can supply timber joinery that is suitable for use in bushfire prone areas with a rating up to BAL-29. Our joinery is made to measure, so we are able to incorporate bushfire-compliant seals, toughened glazing and other components to help you meet the requirements of the Australian Standards.
We use a variety of BAL-rated timbers and bushfire-resisting timbers (including Spotted Gum and Merbau) to manufacture our joinery. Bushfire-resisting timbers are timber species that are naturally resistant to fire up to a BAL 29 condition.
Contact us today for more information about using Cedar West joinery in bushfire prone areas.
Can you Use Timber Cladding in Bushfire Prone Areas?
Timber linings and claddings can be used in some bushfire prone areas, depending on your BAL rating (and subject to compliance with the Australian Standards). Properties with higher BAL ratings may be restricted in their use of timber cladding.
For more information about timber cladding, please ask our sales team.
If you are building in a bushfire prone area, please contact us to discuss whether Cedar West timber products may be suitable for your project.
A Guide to Windows & Doors in Bushfire Prone Attack Areas by the Australian Window Association
Group numbers for timber lining (Class 2 to 9 Buildings) by timber.net.au
Disclaimer: The information herein is general in nature and should not be relied upon as specific professional advice. For advice about your specific circumstances, we recommend you contact the relevant authorities and/or professionals. Cedar West does not accept any liability or responsibility for actions taken based on the information in this email.