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BAL Ratings, AS3959 + Bushfire Consultants - Part 1: Jeff Dau, Ember Bushfire Consulting - Episode 06 (SEASON 12 - REBUILD + BUILD BETTER)

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Rebuild + Build Better | Podcast Season 12 | Undercover Architect

This season will help you learn how to rebuild after bushfires, and build better homes wherever you are located (and what every type of build or renov 
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In this episode, we meet Jeff Dau, who is a bushfire consultant. 

If you have a bushfire overlay, or discover any type of bushfire requirements on your land’s zoning, a bushfire consultant will be an essential team member to help shape your design, and your approach to building well.

This is part 1 of my conversation with Jeff Dau, and is packed full of helpful know-how and insights. 

Let’s dive in now.


EMBER Bushfire Consulting are a team of qualified, accredited and experienced fire industry professionals. They take great pride in delivering professional consulting services in a personalised, cost effective and service oriented manner. Their work is provided at the highest industry standard and they are all accredited Bushfire Consultants under the Fire Protection Association of Australia accreditation scheme.

Co-Founder, Jeff Dau, has had 23 years of experience as a professional in the fire services industry. Over recent years, this has been in a range of fire safety fields including fire safety engineering, bushfire protection, building certification and regulation and urban planning. 

Ember takes a “whole of life” approach, offering consulting services for all stages of development. This includes doing bushfire assessments, as well as pre-purchase advice, and larger scale advice for developments and subdivisions.

Ember services local government areas across the Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, South West Slopes and South Coast in NSW. 

Many of these areas have been heavily impacted by the Black Summer fires in Australia, and so I’m really looking forward to talking with Jeff about how homeowners in bushfire prone areas can build homes that are more resistant and resilient to bushfire events, and what we’ve seen in these bushfires that can help us build better in the future.

In this episode, Jeff will be sharing some really helpful info, including understanding more about Bushfire Attack Level, or BAL Ratings; what to know about Asset Protection Zones, and more details about AS3959, the Australian Standards for Construction in Bushfire Prone Areas … plus loads more. 

So, let’s hear more from Jeff now.

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