DESIGNS ON STAYING SAFE AND STYLISH
It’s hard to believe but this house at Mt Riverview in the lower Blue Mountains designed by Luke Van Jour from Distinct Innovations is subject to a BAL 40 rating.
Characterised by simple roof lines and flameresistant external materials, it’s a gracious family home with views of the neighbourhood and a thoughtful landscaping plan.
Under the regulations, there are two pathways to approval: the Development Application process where the proposed work must meet the Planning for Bush Fire Protection requirements or Complying Development, a faster approval process where the plans must meet specific criteria.
Complying Development is only available to properties with BAL ratings of low risk, 12.5, 19 or 29. Properties in BAL 40 or Flame Zones must go through the Development Application process.
Architect Nigel Bell says there are some basic principles for designing in bushfire-prone areas, although these will vary according to your BAL rating. These include.
Keep your building form simple and low to minimise the risk of flying embers settling.
Put building services such as gas lines below ground to minimise the risk of explosion.
Install a substantial rainwater tank — not made of plastic.
Keep up house maintenance, clearing gutters and trimming shrubs.
This generous family home designed by Distinct Innovations is in a BAL 40 zone.