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Vulcan Vent Accepted by OSFM

  1. 1. The Fire Siege of 2003<br />
  2. 2. “ In October of 2003, Southern California experienced the most devastating Wildland fire disaster in state history. The facts are staggering—750,043 acres burned, 3,710 homes lost and 24 people killed including one firefighter.”<br />“Never in California’s history were so many homes and lives in danger by fire at one moment.” California Fire Siege 2003/ The Story<br />Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties were declared major disaster areas.<br />The term “wildland fire” has become a misnomer for<br />most of California…Top priority has been shifted to<br />the protection of the millions of citizens who have<br />moved to the wildland/urban interface.<br />At the height of the siege, 15,631 personnel were assigned to fight these fires. The aftermath of the fires saw even greater loss of life wherein 16 people perished in a flash flood/mudslide in an area of San Bernardino County due to the loss of vegetation impacted by the fire.<br />Cost of damage: Billions of dollars; Cost in Lives, homes, and environment : immense. <br />
  3. 3. Governor Schwarzenegger Formed a Blue Ribbon Commission to find ways of mitigating catastrophic wildfire losses.<br />Ret Senator Bill Campbell Chaired the Commission<br />Among construction material problems, the Commission sees house vents as a weakness and recommends that “OSFM continues to conduct fire research, including development of fire test protocols for vents..”<br />
  4. 4. The standard vent design does nothing to protect fire and ember intrusion into the home.<br />Fire easily passes by and burning embers can build up inside.<br />
  5. 5. Unprotected venting leaves homesvulnerable….<br />
  6. 6. …to the ravages of fire!<br />The new codes help protect homes by calling for vents that prevent fire and dangerous embers from entering the attic, foundation and other spaces of the home.<br />
  7. 7. Chapter 7A Wildland Urban Interface Building Code<br /><ul><li>704A.2.1 General. When required by Chapter 15, roof and attic vents shall resist the intrusion of flame and embers into the attic area of the structure, or shall be protected by corrosion-resistant, noncombustible wire mesh with 1/4-inch (6mm) openings or its equivalent.
  8. 8. 704A.2.2 Eave or cornice vents. Vents shall not be installed in eaves and cornices.
  9. 9. Exception: Eave and cornice vents may be used provided they resist the intrusion of flame and burning embers into the attic area of the structure.
  10. 10. 704A.2.3 Eave protection. Eaves and soffits shall meet the requirements of SFM 12-7A-3 or shall be protected by ignition-resistant materials or noncombustible construction on the exposed underside.</li></li></ul><li>New Vent Test Procedures were developed by Dr. Steve Quarles of UC Berkeley in Conjunction with Western Fire Center.Dr. Quarles is Heading the ASTM E05.14.06 Task Group and the testing procedures are expected to pass adoption this year.<br />
  11. 11. Vulcan Vents have already been tested to the recommended process.<br />Shown to stop <br />dangerous<br />Ember Intrusion!<br />Shown to stop<br />Fire <br />Intrusion!<br />
  12. 12. OFFICIAL TESTING AT WFCCA SFM (State Fire Marshal) 12-7A-1<br />
  13. 13. OFFICIAL TESTING AT WFCCA SFM (State Fire Marshal) 12-7A-1<br />
  14. 14. FIRE INTRUSION CONTROL TEST:<br />STANDARD EAVE VENT<br />STANDARD VENT: FAILED<br />
  15. 15. FIRE TEST: VULCAN VENT RESISTS THE FLAME & HEAT<br />
  16. 16. HOLDS FIRE BACK!<br />Even after continuous assault..<br />
  17. 17. DemonstrationVulcan Vent Vs Standard Vent<br />The home on the right would have been lost.<br />Standard Vent<br />Vulcan Vent<br />
  18. 18. Which vent would you prefer?<br />Standard Vent<br />
  19. 19. What is an Ember Attack?<br />When a fire rages, hundreds of thousands of burning embers can be generated. <br />Embers can be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a sheet of plywood<br />Embers can travel several miles around the fire creating spot fires as they land.<br />Embers are pulled into the vents of a structure:<br />Embers will ignite finer combustible materials which, if sustained, can in turn ignite larger structural wood members and other combustibles in these spaces. (Fire Center-UC Berkeley)<br />The video below was shot during the 2003 Fire Siege<br />CLICK BELOW<br />*Photos from UC Berkeley Fire Center<br />
  20. 20. Ember Attacks are very dangerous to homes with vulnerable vents:<br />Fire Storm & Ember Shower<br />Ember Test at Western Fire Center<br />Home burned from Ember Attack<br />Evidence of Ember Intrusion through Gable Vent<br />
  21. 21. This Southern California Home was spared during a recent wildfire, but evidence of ember penetration through the tile-type roof vent is evident:<br />If the quantity of embers were higher or landed differently inside the attic, the home could very well have been lost.<br />
  22. 22. EMBER INTRUSION CONTROL TEST:STANDARD EAVE VENT<br />STANDARD VENT: FAILED<br />EMBER GENERATOR<br />
  23. 23. EMBER INTRUSION TEST:EMBER SAFE SOFFIT VENT<br />SPECIAL VENT STOPS DANGEROUS EMBERS<br />
  24. 24. Other States Adopt New Code:<br />Since the adoption of Chapter 7A codes, building jurisdictions in other states have also begun to adopt the same language. <br />Wildland Urban Interface areas are found throughout the county and include forested areas, as well as grassland areas.<br />Australia has also adopted codes of it’s own to the same effect. (Ref Australian Brush Fire Report)<br />
  25. 25. Cal Fire Responds…...<br />New Wildland Urban Interface Building Code enacted<br />Wildfires ravage California…..<br />Standard Vents are inadequate. The new code requires vents to be fire and ember resistant.<br />Vulcan Vents Stop the Fire, Embers and Heat that could otherwise destroy homes.<br />1st<br />First to be ACCEPTED BY CALIFORNIASTATE FIRE MARSHAL<br />CBC Ch7A Compliance Policy #09-03<br />
  26. 26. Presented by:<br />Vulcan Technologies Inc.<br />& Gunter Manufacturing<br />.<br />
  27. 27. How Products Work: <br />The secret is the honeycomb core coated with a well tested fire resistant coating that expands and insulates against fire and heat.<br />
  28. 28. Firefree Coatings are fully tested and proven. Firefree is the first and only coating to pass the fire industry’s most stringent tests for either fire retardants (UBC 26-3/UBC 8-8 room corner tests) and /or the fire resistants (ASTM E-119).<br />
  29. 29. The aluminum honeycomb provides the perfect structure for the Firefree intumescent coating. <br />
  30. 30. Heat from approaching fire causes the coating to expand and close off the vent.<br />
  31. 31. Intumescent Coating Reacting to Heat:<br />The coating stops fire AND acts as an insulation barrier to heat.<br />
  32. 32. The coated honeycomb core & the mesh are the key elements to the extensive line of Vulcan Vent products…….<br />The results are the first fire & ember resistant vent using intumescent coatings.<br />
  33. 33. The Vulcan Vent™ Sub-Base<br />Can be used with any roof mount vent to make it fire & ember safe!<br />
  34. 34. INSTALLATION:<br />INSTALLATION IS EASY &<br />DOES NOT AFFECT FINISHED LOOK OF DORMER<br />
  35. 35. Retro-fit Continuous Soffit<br /><ul><li>This innovative product converts a standard continuous soffit into a fire and ember safe soffit vent.</li></li></ul><li>.<br />Finally an eave and soffit vent that:<br /><ul><li>Is Accepted by the State Fire Marshals Office*
  36. 36. Is Fire & Ember safe.
  37. 37. Is easy to install
  38. 38. Has Great NFVA (Net Free Vent Area)
  39. 39. Is attractive and very versatile in application.
  40. 40. Works great in the retrofit market.
  41. 41. (*See CBC CH7A Compliance Policy #09-03)</li></li></ul><li> products are offered in the following line of products:<br />√ Sub Base Flashing for Dormer Vents<br />√ Foundation Vents<br />√ Gable Vents<br /> √ Eave Vents<br /> √ Soffit Vents<br />AND<br />Retrofit applications for each of the above.<br />
  42. 42. <ul><li>From inside the attic, the Vulcan Vent material can easily be applied in minutes….</li></ul>Retrofit Existing Gables<br />
  43. 43. Here is a standard Half-Round Dormer Retrofit Sequence…… <br />Fire Safe in just minutes!<br />
  44. 44. SUMMARY<br />A is a passive, exterior vent that will prohibit both embers and fire from entering into the unprotected areas of a structure or building. <br /><ul><li> Vulcan Eave & Soffit vents are the first to be accepted by the California SFM. Policy #09-03</li></ul>TESTED<br />ACCEPTED<br />
  45. 45. For additional information onProducts, call 1-916-652-7424 or visit www.vulcanvents.com<br />Member of:<br />

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