First steps: Do you want to rebuild on the same site?

The first thing is to consider if you want to rebuild on the same site. Maybe it is impossible to, maybe it is too emotional, or maybe you plan to move to a new site with a lower Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) because the risk of future bushfires might be too high. Potentially, your block might have been assessed to a higher BAL following the bushfires, making a rebuild difficult.

A site assessment can help in the decision-making process by providing vital information about the characteristics of your property, including the BAL rating from place to place on a block, and where to position a future house for best bushfire resistance and passive solar design. Find out more in Section 3: Designing for climate and bushfire risk.

Rebuilding after the devastating Victorian 2009 bushfires, Chris Clarke created a smaller, greener dwelling on the same site—an extraordinary home born from its impassioned history. Read more about Callignee II in this Case Study.

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