previous
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Remodeling Articles and Videos
    Remodeling Articles and Videos
  • Custom Flooring Inspiration
    Custom Flooring Inspiration
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Pro Tool Rental. Learn More.
    Pro Tool Rental. Learn More.
  • Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
    Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
  • Video: Install a Fence
    Video: Install a Fence
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Projects Done Right
    Projects Done Right
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
next

California codes improve fire protection

Taking effect in January, California’s updated wildland-urban interface building codes aim to improve fire protection in vulnerable areas where homes encroach grassy brushlands. The codes will address building materials, construction techniques, and site conditions with regard to the danger posed by burning embers.

A basic strategy for fire avoidance includes two tactics: defensible space and exterior protection. California law already requires houses to have 100 ft. of brush-free area around them.

Because soffit vents provide a direct path for embers to enter a house, they’re on the proverbial hot seat. If a vent doesn’t “resist the intrusion of flame and burning embers,” it’s not allowed. The codes do permit gable and ridge vents as long as they’re installed over 1/4-in. wire mesh. But a better approach might be to design unvented roofs.

For more information about these wildland-urban code updates, visit www.fire.ca.gov/wildland.php.

From Fine Homebuilding192 , pp. 22