Ember Guard Case Study Yarra Ranges Specialist School

Posted on July 5, 2022
By Aussie Gutter Protection



Ember Guard Project at Yarra Ranges Special Development School for a BAL-29 rated area to dramatically reduce maintenance and gutter cleaning. 

School case study


  • Locations: Mount Evelyn, Victoria
  • Buildings: Library and recreational campus, reception area, multipurpose room, multiple classroom blocks
  • Roof and gutter types: Klip-Lok® with large box gutters, Trimdek® with large box gutters, Roof-to-roof fixtures, flat roof on portables
  • Project Time Frame: 2 weeks over the summer school holidays
  • School on Bushfire Risk Register needed a bushfire solution
  • BAL-ratings: BAL-29 rated ember guard 
  • Environment: The school is surrounded by eucalyptus and wattle trees.  

Our Solution 

  • Work closely with project stakeholders, including school administration, school maintenance team 
  • Assessment of roof types, mesh types, gutter types, and colour-matching with roof and  gutters 
  • Work closely with our gutter guard material suppliers: ScreenTech Industries 
  • Considerations for construction timescale, communication and minimal disruption. 
  • ScreenTech’s TuffMesh® Emberguard mesh with a hole size of 1.9 mm  

TuffMesh Supplied

  • 25-year material warranty
  • AS4020 accredited
  • CSIRO tested a flammability index of zero
  • Akzo Nobel D1010 powder coating
  • One way mesh with added trough for maximum water collection

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Project Considerations

Ember Guard Project at Yarra Ranges Special Development School for a BAL-29 rated area to dramatically reduce maintenance and gutter cleaning. 

Yarra Ranges Special Development School, located in Mount Evelyn, Victoria, required a BAL-29-rated gutter guard solution. The school was on the Department of Education Bushfire Risk Register. The site was deemed at high risk of ember attack during the Summer months as part of the Victoria School Building Authority Planned Maintenance Program. The location is also surrounded by eucalyptus and wattle trees that litter reasonably fine debris building up in the gutters of the school. The low-pitch roofs and oversized box gutters are prone to blockages from leaves from overhanging gum trees and finner debris from native wattle trees. 

As a school, the oversized box gutters were also exposed to blockages from play equipment – including balls and other sporting equipment. This meant maintenance staff was consistently getting on the roof to collect play and sports equipment lodged in the box gutters or downpipes. The maintenance team wanted a solution to minimize constant gutter cleaning and maintenance. A gutter guard would also reduce members of the facilities maintenance team from climbing on the roofs and cleaning out getters once a fortnight – reducing the risk of falls.

The project also had a short timescale to completion due to the school’s budget requirements needing the project complete before the end of the fiscal year.

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Mesh Profile: Tuffmesh

A commercial-grade aluminium ember guard designed for bushfire-prone areas subject to heavy ember attack with the smallest hole size at 1.6mm which doesn’t effect water filtration. 

Tuff Mesh Emberguard


The gutter guard was suitable for all residential roof types and guttering, including box gutter sand parapets. It was also ideal as the development included numerous green spaces, so homes were protected from possums and birds.


  • 25 year material warranty
  • Strongest aluminium guard
  • One-way mesh with an added trough for maximum water collection
  • Complies with AS3959–1999
  • Australian Bushfire Standards
  • CSIRO tested flammability index of zero
  • Suitable to BAL 29
  • Akzo Nobel D1000 powder coating.
  • Powder-coated in Australia
  • Array of Colorbond colours

Installation by Aussie Gutter Protection

  • TuffMesh Aluminium is only available for projects if installed by our certified installers
  • The product comes with a 25-year workmanship guarantee
Work with our designated commercial project manager to get advice and work with Victoria’s #1 gutter guard installation company.

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