There are fears challenging new building requirements for new properties in Western Australia aimed at limiting harm from bushfires will leave landholders facing enhanced fees.
The State Government is just days away from releasing extended-awaited state-wide maps identifying which regions of WA are bushfire-prone and should comply with the new guidelines.
Some have raised concerns about the improved price to get specialist guidance and comply with the new standards.
Australian Institute of Building Surveyors WA president Gary Fitzgerald welcomed the changes, but admitted some home owners would not like obtaining to pay more to comply.
I feel people, even though they may possibly initially react adversely, … will realise we have to take preventative measures to limit bushfire and bushfire harm and safeguard life and home.
WA Premier Colin Barnett
He said some people preparing to build a new home, especially these close to pockets of bushland in urban places, would be surprised to discover out they would be impacted.
“I surely consider there will be some men and women that won’t have thought that they are in locations that will be impacted, since there are some huge locations of bushland that are a hectare or a lot more in size that are probably properly inside condensed urban places,” he stated.
“I think there will be some uncertainty and some landowners will not appreciate potentially what impacts that may have on their house in terms of the new needs that will be imposed.
“I feel that is the circumstance with all legislative modifications … that I believe we hear about it for a extended time, but it really is not until it really is in fact implemented or in place that individuals realise what it truly signifies for them and take notice of it.”
Flooring, roofing, glazing specifications to be tightened
Mr Fitzgerald and fellow constructing surveyors are bracing for increased demand for their solutions since they will be at the front line of helping house owners comply.
They will do the bushfire attack level assessments to appear at aspects such as the variety of bush and typography to figure out the level of risk of a home.
He stated the level of risk would then trigger the new developing requirements applied to every new home or residential extension in declared areas.
“It identifies specific provisions such as the type of flooring, such as the kind of walls, such as the variety of roofing, the glazing assemblies that are needed within your creating … if within those locations,” he stated.
Even though some regional councils already impose building standards relating to bushfire danger, these new measures aim to introduce a lot more uniformity across the state.
The new requirements are part of recommendations that followed the 2011 Kelmscott Roleystone fire, which destroyed 71 homes.
Premier Colin Barnett confirmed he anticipated the maps to be released in days and said the adjustments were essential as the climate got hotter and drier.
“There may possibly be some backlash against that and it will add to the price of creating new properties in bushfire-prone locations,” he said.
“I think individuals, even though they may initially react adversely, when they think about it, will realise we have to take preventative measures to limit bushfire and bushfire harm and safeguard life and home.
“They are sensible extended-term measures.”
WA has had a terrible start off to the fire season with devastating fires in Esperance that killed 4 men and women and destroyed bumper crops which were prepared for harvest.
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