Situated in the heart of Central Victoria, it was important from the very beginning that this design was robust against all that the Australian bush could throw at it. This includes the all important summer bushfire risks. Archiblox worked with the client and council to ensure this home was compliant to the strict Bushfire Overlays in the area.
After, engaging a BAL Assessor to gauge the sites risk, it was originally deemed the home needed to comply to a BAL rating of 29 but was then upgraded to 40, after moving through the planning phase. At this high level, the original timber cladding was swapped out for standing seam longline aluminium panels. The pergola was to be constructed from aluminium and the decking would be made from a timber look alternative which won’t burn. All windows and doors will be fitted with special seals and comply to all fire safety requirements. Two water tanks with a combined total capacity of 30,000 L were also incorporated into the design of the home, tucked in to either sides of the home for accessibility purposes and to eliminate their visibility from the street.