Eldon Bottcher Architect Pty Ltd can provide a number of different services, the primary most basic of which are listed below;
|SERVICE||HAZARD ASSESSMENT LETTER||CONSTRUCTION LEVEL LETTER||METHOD 1 REPORT||METHOD 2 REPORT|
|Tertiary Qualified Bushfire Planning and Design personnel||X||X||X||X|
|FPAA Accredited Personnel and Company||X||X||X||X|
|Site Inspection/Desktop study||X||X||X||X|
|Hazard Assessment against SPP||X||X||X||X|
|Method 1 Assessment of Construction Level||X||X||X|
|Preparation of Letter||X||X|
|Method 2 option||X|
|Preparation of Report||X||X|
|Site Specific Fuel Load Measurement||X|
|Method 2 Assessment of Construction Level||X|
|Alternative Method Guarantee||X|
|Payment Required Before Sending||X||X||X||X|
|Delivered by Email||X||X||X||X|
|1 x Hardcopy delivered by mail||X||X|
Site Inspection/Desktop study
We provide below a description of the inclusion in each of the services.
|Technically Qualified personnel||Eldon Bottcher has a Grad Diploma in Bushfire Planning and Design.|
See CV for all qualifications and experience.
|FPAA Accredited Personnel|
Eldon Bottcher is an FPAA BPAD-Level 3 accredited practitioner, the highest accreditation available.
FPAA (Fire Protection Association of Australia) is the only accreditation authority for this field in Australia
|Site Inspection/Desk top study|
Each site is inspected prior to report preparation. A maximum time allowance on site of 30 minutes is allowed. The service includes site investigations using aerial photos and state and council data.
IN THE EVENT OF GATES BEING LOCKED, THE PROPERTY OWNER AUTHORISES ELDON BOTTCHER ARCHITECT TO OBTAIN ACCESS AT THE OWNER’S EXPENSE
|Council search||Where possible, we search the particulars of each site on Council and other relevant websites as required.|
|Hazard Assessment||We reassess the hazard on each site in accordance with the requirements of the State Planning Policy, as from experience all council hazard mapping contains inaccuracies that may prove detrimental to our clients. The SPP mapping has no usable site-specific checking methodology, so alternative methods are sometimes necessary.|
|Method 1 Assessment of Construction Level||Method 1 is a tabular method utilised by the AS 3959, which determines the construction level of your building. It is a broad-based method that under certain circumstances may produce a higher result than can be gained by using Method 2. The tabulated calculations rely on blocks of gradients and default fuel loads that do not allow as precise a result as Method 2 and are normally more conservative.|
|Preparation of letter||These services do not require the preparation of a full report, with information provided in letter format. There are a number of reasons why a full report may not be required, such as a report having been previously prepared for the site and still being current (under 5 years old, and prepared in a component manner)|
|Method 2 option||Method 2, utilising site-specific fuel loads etc. can be added to the Construction level letter at additional cost.|
|Preparation of report||These services require a full report which includes many aspects not addressed in a letter which can add to the overall fire safety of your home and family, and includes aspects such as recommendations on vegetation management, water storage etc.|
|Site Specific fuel load measurement||The fuel load impacting on the site is measured in accordance with the methodologies of “Fuel Hazard Guide (3rd Edition) or State Government issued fuel loads. These give a more accurate, and generally lower, assessment than is obtained using Method 1.|
|Method 2 assessment of construction level||Method 2 is a computer-based Construction level assessment, which allows site-specific data such as gradient, fuel load and distance to be inputted. In most cases, this will give a lower construction requirement, which more than offsets the additional cost of the assessment method. It must be used where the gradient within 100m is more than 20degrees.|
|Alternative method guarantee||Where Method 2 is commissioned on gradients less than 20degrees, if the result is the same as doing the assessment using Method 1, EBA will only charge for Method 1|
|Form 15||Form 15 is required by the certifier to confirm that the letter/report is prepared taking the necessary legislation into account.|
|Form 16||Form 16 is sometimes requested by the Certifier to confirm that the requirements of the BFMP (not construction levels or methods) have been met.|
|Supporting information||Supporting information contains brochures and other documentation which may be applicable or of interest to the landowner in a Bushfire Prone area.|
|Payment required before sending|
Generally, no invoice is sent until the report is completed. No documentation will be provided unless it has been paid for in full unless prior arrangements are made. Payment is due immediately an account is sent. Accounts overdue by more than 10 working days attract interest at 12% per annum. Accounts not paid within 30 days may be subject to recovery procedures without further notice. Recovery costs will be added to the amount outstanding.
THERE IS NO AUTHORITY TO USE DOCUMENTATION UNLESS PAID IN FULL.
|Sent by email||On payment, the documentation will be scanned and sent to the client by email. No distribution to other parties.|
|Hardcopy by mail||Within several days of payment, a hardcopy will be sent by mail|
Services additional to standard are charged for principal and for support staff in 30 minute blocks. This includes consultant and council meetings and associated correspondence.
Time Based consultancy
Completion of Council Overlay code document.
Telephone advice and additional correspondence may be included in this at EBA discretion.
Fees and Costs incurred in any Fee Recovery Actions including in office costs on a time basis.
In addition to these services above, which are geared more towards the individual residence, we also provide full planning for subdivisions, control burning etc. as listed in our CV under Services Offered.
Our development services include the following services additional to the basic services listed above
Subdivision Development Applications
|Consultant Liaison||Eldon Bottcher is cognisant with all aspects of development work, both as part of his training as an Architect, where both Town Planning and Engineering were studied, and due to his 40 years plus in the development industry.|
|Emergency management Plans|
A requirement of the State Planning Policy is that issues of emergency management, such as fire trails and water storage/supply be addressed.
Eldon Bottcher Architect Pty Ltd as part of their subdivision development report for Bushfire provide overlay plans clearly demonstrating type and location of essential emergency management.
|Construction Level Plans|
Part of the development report is to establish the construction levels that will be required for the proposed residences.
Eldon Bottcher Architect Pty Ltd provide clearly marked plans that demonstrate the construction levels that will be required on each lot in relation to slope, vegetation type and distance from the vegetation, strictly in accordance with the requirements of the AS 3959. (Provision of schedules allocation a construction level to a site not in accordance with the AS 3959 may lead to liability issues for the developer)
|Vegetation Management Plans||In broad scale developments utilising large areas of parkland, it is often possible to manage vegetation in the passive recreational areas to minimise the impact on construction levels. Where relevant and requested, Eldon Bottcher Architect Pty Ltd will prepare vegetation management plans as part of the Authority Approval process so that there is no doubt as to the impact and future requirements of these areas.|
|Authority Meetings||Eldon Bottcher is an experienced and competent negotiator, and has an in-depth knowledge of bushfire issues, legislation, and the impact that other interests can have on the bushfire safety aspects of a development.|
Eldon Bottcher Architect Pty Ltd can provide Alternative Solutions in relation to Bushfire related issues. These can relate to aspects of the Building Code of Australia, or AS 3959.
As part of the University Qualification “ Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Design and Planning” Eldon studied the subject“ Alternative Solutions”, and is accredited under the FPAA Accreditation Scheme to provide alternative solutions.
|Expert Witnessing||Eldon Bottcher is an experienced expert witness, and is on the expert witness panel of a number of Legal Practices. The attitude to his witnessing is best demonstrated by viewing Planning and Environment Court of Queensland Determination File No. BD 624 of 2005 sections 28 to 35|
|Continuing Professional Development Lectures|
Eldon Bottcher is experienced at providing Continuing Professional Development lectures and talks.
He has provided these for the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors, and Australian Institute of Architects.
|Tertiary Education Lectures and Tutorials||Eldon Bottcher is acknowledged as an experienced lecturer and Tutor, and has provided these services in relation to Bushfire and Design to Architecture, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture and Interior Designers at Queensland University of Technology.|
|Town Planning Bushfire Codes for Local Authorities|
Eldon Bottcher is experienced at the preparation of Codes and Planning documents. The Gold Coast City Council Bushfire Management Strategy, of which Eldon Bottcher was an initiator and committee member, won both State and National Planning awards.
Subsequently, Eldon Bottcher has been involved in a number of Bushfire related projects for Councils, including Logan City Council, where Eldon Bottcher Architect Pty Ltd was engaged to prepare the new Bushfire Overlay Code, and other councils where conditions of approval have been required.
|Bushfire Burn Planning||As part of the broad training and education Eldon Bottcher has received, Eldon Bottcher Architect Pty Ltd is able to, and has prepared, a number of Burn Plans for the conduct of Fuel reduction burns on both private and government properties. These include the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and Kokoda Barracks at Canungra. Eldon Bottcher Architect Pty Ltd provides a viable and qualified alternative to QFRS in the provision of these services.|
|General consultancy relating to all aspects of Bushfire||Eldon Bottcher Architect Pty Ltd will undertake most aspects of planning and advisory work related to Bushfire.|
Contact us today to request a Fire Mitigation evaluation on your property.