NFPA and Green Builder Media host free webinar to focus on wildfire mitigation for buildings and communities

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on Aug 7, 2015

GbAs wildfires burn in California and across many communities in the U.S., Green Builder Media will host a free webinar presented by NFPA on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm EDT to help builders, remodelers, architects and consumers make better choices in design and materials that are environmentally sound, and safer from wildfire.

The webinar, “Building Safer in Natural Areas – Firewise and Wildland Fire,” will be hosted by Michele Steinberg, NFPA’s Wildland Fire Operations Division Manager, who will discuss concepts and techniques around siting, designing, building and maintaining homes and neighborhoods to resist ignition from wildland fire. She will also explain how Firewise techniques can help reduce exposure to wildfire threat.

Research has shown that well-built homes and well-designed landscapes are much more likely to survive a wildfire. The building and design community has a lot to offer to help solve the challenge of home destruction in a wildfire. 

This is important information because the U.S. Forest Service has confirmed that wildfire seasons are increasing in length and intensity. A recent study published in Nature Communications indicates that there is “a significant lengthening of fire weather seasons across 25.3 percent of the planet's vegetated lands, leading to the elevation of mean fire season duration by up to 18.7 percent.” The study also states that, “the locations, which have become prone to burning due to the long periods of fire weather, also increased by 108.1 percent.”

Join this important information sharing webinar. Register today.