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Fire-Resistant Landscapes and Construction

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Friday, February 18, 2022
Presented by:  Jerry McAdams and Brett Van Paepeghem
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Defining the Problem
Historical and ecological context
Causes and consequences of wildfire
Suppression and other answers
General media and sociological perceptions
Effect of fire on the built environment

Fire Science
Types of fire of concern
Heat transfer and structural ignition
Research findings

Planning Tools
Land use planning
State and local fire planning
Overview of codes and standards

Principles for Fire-Resistant Landscaping
Defensible space vs. survivable space
Using the zone concept for landscape plans
Using rock, stone, and other fire-resistant materials
Plant characteristics
Organizing plantings
Trees and shrubs
Grasses and groundcovers
Maintaining landscaping

Fire-Resistant Components
Fire-resistant building materials and construction
Roofs, walls, doors, windows, etc.
Retaining walls
Decks and patios
Paths and walkways

New Construction vs. Existing Construction
Starting developments right from the beginning
Designing a new fire-resistant structure
Retrofitting existing structures
Follow-up maintenance


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