Building Homes to Survive Wildfires
Join architect David Arkin on Friday October 8th, at 2PM ET, to learn how to make houses in high-risk locations safer and more resistant to wildfires.
Sponsored by Rockwool
If it seems like wildfires are in the news more often these days, that’s because the number of burned acres per year has been increasing steadily for decades. Recent years have seen devastating losses due to wildfires. Some wildfire-prone areas are very desirable parts of the country to live in. Because of that, statistics may not keep people from building new homes in these places. This leaves us to ask the question: can a house be designed and built to survive wildfires? The answer is yes, but it is no small feat. This webinar will both discuss the defensive details that give a home the greatest chance of surviving a wildfire, including recommendations for landscape design, roof and wall construction techniques, building material selections, and outbuilding design and placement, among other consideration.
Join us LIVE on Friday, October 8th, at 2PM ET
In this webinar you will:
- Hear survival stories of several homes built in wildfire country (including some straw bale homes)
- Learn about rebuilding process after losing homes/cabins to fire
- Learn how passive survivability and low-carbon design are important factors to benefit our environment and not feed the climate change that is increasing wildfires.
- Have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation
David Arkin, AIA, LEED AP, and his wife Anni Tilt, AIA, are Principals of northern California-based Arkin Tilt Architects. One of their projects is featured in Fine Homebuilding’s April/May 2018 special report ‘Building to Survive in Wildfire Country’. David is a co-Director of the California Straw Building Association (CASBA), advocating for straw building by helping to bring strawbale construction, light straw clay and cob into the residential building code, and publishing ‘Straw Bale Building Details, An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction’. David serves on the AIA’s 2030 Commitment Working Group, and he and Chris Magwood are co-Chairs of the Carbon Leadership Forum’s Renewable Materials Focus Group. A native of Wisconsin, David studied architecture the University of Minnesota and UC Berkeley. David and Anni live in a 100-year-old solar and wind-powered home in Albany, CA.
photos: Lotus R (on Wikimedia Commons) and David Arkin