How can home builders and developers address the daunting risk of wildfire? A beautiful new e-book from Green Builder Media and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows how in just eight pages.
“Design with Fire in Mind: Three Steps to a Safer New Home,” is based on principles from NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program, which addresses site design, construction and landscaping, as well as property maintenance and wildfire safety education of residents.
These principles are based on solid fire science research into how homes ignite, and comes from the world’s leading fire experts (we’re looking at you, Drs. Jack Cohen and Stephen Quarles) whose experiments, models and data collection are based on some of the country’s worst wildland fire disasters.
In addition to links to educational resources and videos that can easily be downloaded and shared for free, readers will be able to get a more in-depth look at the e-book’s three main topics:
- Creating a Firewise landscape, including limiting the amount of flammable vegetation and materials immediately surrounding the home
- Considering the impact of flames, embers and radiant heat when building homes
- Understanding the role of home and property maintenance in reducing damage from wildfire