Course Title: Apply Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment to the design and construction process

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: ARCH5202

Course Title: Apply Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment to the design and construction process

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6136 - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Contact : Catherine Ciavarella

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

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Nominal Hours: 30

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

The unit VU201604 Conduct a Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment is a prerequisite unit for this unit.

Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to access, interpret and apply a BAL assessment to the design and construction of buildings

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21605 Apply Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) assessment to the design and construction process


1. Assess legislative requirements


Performance Criteria:

1.1 Requirements relevant to applying a BAL assessment
in a bushfire-prone area and in a Bushfire Management
Overlay (BMO) to the design and construction process
are identified and complied with including
occupational health and safety (OHS), legislative,
organisational and certification requirements.
1.2 Objectives of relevant legislation covering buildings in
bushfire-prone areas are reviewed to identify measures
to improve performance of buildings when subjected
to bushfire attack.
1.3 Responsibilities of local, state and national authorities
are reviewed to identify their role in minimising the
impact of bushfires


2. Interpret relevant bushfire information


Performance Criteria:

2.1 Standard definitions associated with bushfires are
explained in the context of building design.
2.2 Purpose of applying a BAL assessment is determined
to inform design decisions.
2.3 Effects of bushfires on humans and buildings are
explained as they relate to each BAL.
2.4 Risks associated with each BAL are analysed to
determine impact on building design, materials and
construction methods.


3. Integrate bushfire protection requirements into building design and construction

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Building designs and individual design features are
analysed to determine their resistance to bushfire and
reduce the level of risk to occupants.
3.2 Features and benefits of materials are analysed to
determine their suitability for the BAL assessment.
3.3 Design and construction requirements for buildings in
bushfire-prone areas reflect the outcomes of the BAL
assessment and the Australian Standards

Learning Outcomes

This unit is aimed at applying the outcome of a BAL assessment to building design, material selection and construction methods so that buildings better withstand the effects of a bushfire and thus provide a greater level of protection for occupants and buildings.

Details of Learning Activities

Studio Sessions

Site Visit

Teaching Schedule

Session 1 Introduction Assessment 1
Session 2 Risks Assessment 2
Session 3 Excursion  
Session 4 Design  
Session 5 Site Issues  
Session 6 Requirements  
Session 7 Legislative Objectives  
Session 8 Materials  
Session 9 Case Studies Assessment 3
Session 10 Environment Submission 1 & 2
Session 11 Communications  
Session 12 Future Submission 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


AS 3959-2009, HB 330-2009,   AS/NZS3500.1:2003. NCC.
Victorian Building Authority web site Other relevant Australian Standards
AS 1530.8.1-2007,
AS 1530.8.2-2007,
AS/NZS 3837:1998

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will comply with relevant regulatory or Australian Standards requirements. Assessment will occur under standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints.
Assessment of essential underpinning knowledge, other than confirmatory questions, will be conducted in an off-site context.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 - 40%
Assessment 2 - 20%
Assessment 3 - 20%

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from

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