Do you offer bushfire rated products?

Yes. We offer a full range of aluminium windows and doors which meet or exceed the highest BAL-40 standard.

What are BAL Ratings?

BAL stands for ‘Bushfire Attack Level’. BAL ratings were introduced following the devastating bushfires of Victoria in 2009. This arrived as an update to Australian Standard AS3959 and specifies the level of protection required for windows and doors in areas prone to bushfire attack.

Is BAL-40 the highest rating?

The only rating higher than BAL40 is Flame Zone (FZ). This is for property at the highest level of risk from extreme bushfire conditions and requires specialist protection such as drenching systems and radiant heat barriers. If you have an FZ rated property you should contact your local council and the Rural Fire Service for advice.

What options are available with your BAL-40 products?

There are many configuration options with regards to hardware, glass, screens and shutters. We can discuss all of this with you in detail at the appropriate time to provide a compliant solution that minimises risk and increases safety for you and your property.

Which colours are available?

All standard colours are available on our BAL-40 rated products.

Is Aluminium the best material to protect against bushfire attacks?

BAL-40 ratings require hardware and frames to be made from metal materials, making aluminium windows and doors a strong choice.

Are louvre windows available?

The only popular window style not to be included at BAL-40 level is the louvre window. This is due to the nature of the design, however we are able to supply a BAL-19 rated louvre window.

If you are building new you will need to undertake a BAL assessment. Anyone can do this but the findings will need to be provided to your building surveyor for approval. Once completed, the details will need to be included in your building permit application.

Further Bushfire Attack Level Information & Advice

The NSW Rural Fire Service explains the methodology behind how a property development is assessed here Site Assessment Methodology. The BAL Risk Assessment Application Kit is another useful resource and further tools are available here Assessment Tools.

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