Lake County suffered several devastating wildfires in the last ten years. We are resilient and can rebuild, but why do we use the same combustible construction methods that have failed again and again?
While driving through Lake County, architect Moshe Shafir sees new houses being built that have no resistance to fire.
These houses comply with the current building and fire codes and pass inspections, but they comply with only the minimum requirements of life safety that are not sufficient for a high fire hazard region. As a design professional, Moshe reminds homeowners and builders that going beyond the minimum requirements results in ten-fold greater benefits.
In this presentation it will be demonstrated how it is possible to construct a fire resisting building envelope that can prevent fire entering from the exterior. The described methods are not new, for they are commonly used in large residential, commercial, and public buildings, but small residential and commercial construction was left behind with tragic consequences.
Moshe Shafrir is a practicing architect and resides in Healdsburg California. He has experience in implementing large verity of projects thru his thirty five year career as an architect.
Cobb-area architect Trina Johnson was writing a book on building fire-resilient homes when the Valley Fire forced her to evacuate. Her home was destroyed but her spirit strengthened. For over 30 years, her passion for natural building has been honed and tested.