Bushfire rated windows are an essential consideration when buying or building a home or business in a bushfire prone area. As part of its commitment to raising the built performance standard of windows and doors in Australia, the Australian Glass and Window Association (AGWA) has produced an Industry Guide on the requirements for windows and doors in bushfire prone areas. In 2018, Australian Standard (AS) 3959 was updated and republished as AS 3959:2018 Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas. Click here to access the full Guide to Windows and Doors in Bushfire Prone Areas.
AS3959:2009 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas sets out requirements to improve the ability of buildings in designated bushfire-prone areas to better withstand attack from bushfire. The standards have classified different bushfire intensity levels that a home may experience during a bushfire. These are referred to as Bushfire Attack Levels (BAL). There are six bushfire attack levels, ranging from very low risk to extreme risk. The levels are dependent on a property’s region, vegetation and slope. The BAL of a property will dictate the type of windows and doors required.