Building Homes Stronger from the Start


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Panel Moderator: Candace Iskowitz, IBHS Director of Public Affairs;
Panelists: Fred Malik, IBHS FORTIFIED Program Manager; Jim Hayes, President, CrownTeam Texas, and Fire Marshal Cliff Hunter, Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District

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Building Homes Stronger from the Start

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  2. 2. Hurricane Ike Devastated the Gulf Coast of Texas 4,000 Homes Destroyed on Bolivar Peninsula!!!!
  3. 3. FORTIFIED NATION “Stronger Structures, Stronger Communities!” “The Story” Shelter-in-Place If You Can’t Evacuate During a Wildland Fire! Clifford  F.  Hunter,  A  Fire  Marshal’s  Perspec>ve   Rancho  Santa  Fe  Fire  Protec>on  District   November  2010   34  
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  5. 5. FORTIFIED NATION “Stronger Structures, Stronger Communities!” “The Story” What it is Shelter-in-Place? •  Sheltering-­‐in-­‐place  is  a  system  approach,  for  protec>ng   homes,  in  a  community  from  wildfires.   •  These  communi>es  were  built  to  specific  construc>on   standards  including  landscaping  review.  This  has  allow   residents  who  are  unable  to  evacuate  during  a  wildfire  to   remain  inside  their  igni>on-­‐resistant  house  un>l  the   emergency  is  over,  which  generally  last  about  15  minutes   depending  on  weather  condi>ons.     36  
  6. 6. Shelter-in-Place System Components (Class-­‐A) Roofing Boxed or Heavy Timber Eaves   Ember Intrusion is the main cause of structure lost in wildland fires! 37  
  7. 7. FORTIFIED NATION “Stronger Structures, Stronger Communities!” “The Story” Why was it Designed? •  Too many Structures lost to Wildland Fires! •  Over 9,000 Structures lost in San Diego County in the last 40 years, alone! •  To reduce the loss of Life and Property in San Diego County! We could not solve the Wildland Fire problems by using the same kind of thinking we used for the last 30 years. 38   38  
  8. 8. How do you get Communities to buy into the concept?   Influencing  the  way  society  thinks!   –  Rela5onships,  Emails,  newsle:ers,  Annual  Reminders,   Signage     •   Developing  a  partnership  with  all  Stakeholders     Providing  graphic  examples  of  success  and  failure  of   structures  aUer  Wildland  fires.   •  Who  are  the  Stakeholders?         Developers     The  Fire  Service       Planning  Departments     Building  Officials  (Using  Science  &Tes>ng)     Landscaping  Designers     There  are  many  more,  the  list  is  endless!   39  
  9. 9. FORTIFIED NATION “Stronger Structures, Stronger Communities!” “The Story” Direction of the fire San Antonio Rose Court Structures Can Stand Alone! 40  
  10. 10. Shelter-In-Place Communities:   The Bridges, Cielo, Crosby, Bel Etage (Santa Fe Valley) and 4S Ranch   41  
  11. 11. Photo  Source:  LACoFD   42  
  12. 12. Evacuations May not Work! Australia  –  February  2009   43  
  13. 13. Is Shelter in Place effective? •  Yes!  3,500  homes  saved,  not  a  single  SIP  home   lost  to  the  2007  Witch  Creek  Fire!   •  2007  Witch  Creek  Fire  was  the  first  wildfire  to   come  through  the  area  since  the  SIP   communi>es  were  developed.     44  
  14. 14. What’s Next for the •   program?  Con&nued  Maintenance  for  shelter  in  place   communi&es!  Why?   •     Homes  sell  every  3  to  5  years  on  an  average.     •     Con&nue  developing  the  partnership  with  the   Insurance  Companies  and  Real  Estate  business.   •     Develop  a  beFer  understanding  of  the  cost  benefits  in   developing  Stronger  Structures  and  Stronger   Communi&es!   •     Con&nued  doing  aIer  ac&on  studies  of  Wildland  Fires   by  doing;   •       A  beFer  job  of  damage  and  saved  assessments     •       Finding  beFer  methods  and  solu&on  to  building   materials,  for  structures  in  wildland!     •     Looking  at  the  complete  system  design  and   45   outside  influences.  
  15. 15. San Diego County Building & Fire Code Updates Program Success Based Upon Loss Rate October 2003 Wildfires* •  15,000  structures  in  the  fire  perimeter;  loss  rate  of  17%.     •  400  structures  built  using  ‘01  building  codes;  loss  rate  of  4%.       October 2007 Wildfires* •  8,300  structures  in  the  fire  perimeter;  loss  rate  of  13%     •  789  structures  built  using  ‘01  building  codes;  loss  rate  of  3%.   •  1,218  structures  built  using  ‘04  building  codes;  loss  rate  of  2%.   *Data from San Diego County Building Department – Clay Westling Building Official 46  
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