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    Beyond BAL: Budget-friendly bushfire resilient homes

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    As part of ongoing work to support communities rebuilding after bushfire, Renew is showcasing homes that exemplify resilient design elements and building practices that extend the understanding of best practice beyond the complicated and variable (BAL) Bushfire Attack Level rating system.

    In the Beyond BAL event series, we're speaking to the people who designed, built, or live in these homes. Join us to hear how you can make your home or future build as resilient as possible this fire season. 

    In this session we'll be exploring bushfire resilient homes on a budget, with a presentation about each home and then a panel discussion to follow. There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience. 


    Imogen Pullar, Imogen Pullar Architects.

    Imogen will be discussing a weekender in Coastal Victoria with a striking façade — Jacky Winter Waters, an excellent illustration of thoughtful compact design, combining sustainability with bushfire resilience. 

    Thomas Caddaye, Thomas Caddaye Architects

    Thomas will be discussing Rosedale Beach House No.1, a coastal home that survived flame attack in the 2020 bushfires that devastated this south coast NSW region. It has an elegant simplicity of form and materials. 

    Kirstie Wulf, Shelter Building Design

    Kirstie will be discussing BAL FZ Hempcrete Home in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, which is an exemplar of sustainable housing that also addresses the highest level of bushfire resilience.

    Nigel Bell, ECOdesign Architects

    Nigel is a the principle architect of ECOdesign Architects and an expert in bushfire resilient design. He has worked extensively with Renew as part of the Green Rebuild Toolkit, and is the project lead on the Beyond BAL project.


    • This is an online only event, which will be held via Zoom.
    • This is event is part of Beyond BAL event series. If you want to join us for all four sessions you can sign up to our series pass using this link.
    • All tickets are completely free.
    • Renew depends on the generosity of our community to continue its valuable work. We would welcome your donation here: or via the additional donation option when choosing your tickets.

    Pictured here is Jacky Winter Waters by Imogen Pullar Architecture, photograph by Marnie Hawson.

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