Considerations when architecting in the WUI


If it were me and I was rebuilding in Paradise, which I would happily do, I would be thinking about creating the simplest structure I could, so I don’t have those places of accumulation…not having these weird intersections and roof planes. You know, this is really a complicated look, which is very popular in our modern culture right now, but it’s maybe not setting us up for the best success. I’d also be adding gutter guards of a non combustible material.

Zeke Lunder sat down with Eric Knapp and Yana Valachovic (both members of the California Fire Science Consortium) to talk about their recent paper, which reviews factors that drove structure loss during the 2018 Camp Fire. They also highlight three main priorities for designing or retrofitting buildings for life in the WUI.

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