The complexities involved in repairing structures in bushfire flame zone areas
In December 2018 a severe hail storm swept across Sydney. In the worst affected suburbs of Berowra and Berowra Heights, large hail stones the size of cricket balls caused significant damage to vehicles, homes and commercial structures. The reality of the event means many customers still have tarps on their roofs and await their turn.
The topography of the area means that many of the buildings fall within the ‘flame zone’ bushfire attack level requiring loss adjusters and building contractors allocated to the management of rectification works to seek development consent via local council in order for work to be compliant with the Building Code of Australia (BCA).
Crawford is working proactively with insurer clients, their supplier panels, industry bodies and local government to create a clear understanding of the impacts imposed by the BCA and the local and state government planning laws which include the additional costs associated with rectifying structures falling within flame zones so that they are code compliant and the potential for extended delays to rectification work imposed by the approval process.
For more information or to understand if this issue affects you or your policyholders, contact Mark Williamson, National Manager, CRD, Crawford & Company’s Building Consultants, Engineers, and Quantity Surveyors.
National Manager, CRD
M: +61 412 719 433
T: +61 3 8646 9652
State Manager NSW General Adjusting
M: +61 409 959175
T: +61 3 5444 6303
M: +61 429 138 857
T: +61 2 8022 7401
Crawford Australia Head Office
T: +61 3 8646 9666
F: +61 3 9685 0066