Discover more about building with wood on sites with a BAL rating with these free resources.

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Congratulations on choosing wood, nature's wonderful building material.

It's great to know you can enjoy the aesthetic, functional and environmental advantages of wood in every location. On this page you'll find links to resources providing information about using wood on sites with a BAL.

If you would like information about other aspects of designing and building with wood and wood products, please visit the WoodSolutions website, or Contact Us.

Please note that you'll have to become a registered user of the WoodSolutions site to access these resources, - registration is fast and free.

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WoodSolutions Design Guide: Building with Timber in Bushfire-prone Areas 

Designing to ‘build out’ bushfires requires minimising the risk of ember, radiant heat and even flame damage. The information in this design guide can help you make appropriate design decisions to create an attractive  home, using sustainably sourced timber both inside and out.

This guide has been written to help you understand Standard AS 3959–2009 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas and what is required for each of the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) areas. It focuses on traditional building methods using timber. If you are not sure how to apply the information in the guide, please talk to your architect, building designer or builder.

Download your copy from the WoodSolutions website here. 

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Online Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Calculator

The WoodSolutions Bushfire Calculator V1.0 is an online design tool that allows you to simply and quickly calculate the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) for a particular building site, based on the input you provide.

When using this calculator, it is useful to have a copy of AS 3959 and refer to it to source inputs. You can purchase a hard or soft copy of Australian Standard AS 3959-2009 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas, by following the link to SAI Global.

To start using the calculator, click through to the BAL Calculator page on the WoodSolutions website.

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Expert Advice to Answer Your Questions

Head to the WoodSolutions database to find hundreds of of questions and answers covering a huge range of issues to do with designing and building with wood and wood products.

Simply key in your question to see answers to similar questions - you can even ask your own if the topic hasn't been covered before.

Find answers to BAL-related questions here.

Find answers to other questions about designing and building with wood here.


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Did you know?

About 6% of Australia’s 147 million hectares of native forests are public forests potentially available for timber harvesting. Timber is harvested from about 1% of those public native forests each year.