Disaster Resistance -
Wildfires

The guides in this section of the Disaster Resistance tool focus less on structural fires caused from within, by cooking, heating or electrical malfunctions, and more on the threat that comes from outside, the threat of wildfire to homes located in the wildfire-prone areas. These guides focus on measures builders, contractors and homeowners can take to increase the home’s chances of surviving even without suppression activities by firefighters. Topics covered include home siting, creation of defensible space, and construction materials and techniques. 

Description
Overview guide describing wildfire risks and construction strategies to increase the wildfire resistance of homes located in wildland urban interface areas.

Roof Type

Description
A guide discussing the installation of asphalt shingles when installing roofing on new construction or when repairing or replacing roofing on existing homes.
Description
Guide describing installation of clay or concrete tile roofs to increase disaster resistance, per the requirements of the IBHS Fortified Home Hurricane and High-Wind Standards.
Description
Guide describing recommendations for installing metal roofing that increase the roof's resistance to hurricanes and high winds, in accordance with the requirements of the IBHS Fortified Home Hurricane and High-Wind Standards.
Description
Guide describing options for designing and locating the thermal boundary at the attic floor or along the roof line in new and existing homes.
Description
Guide describing the installation of roof vents that are resistant to damage from high winds and entry of wind-borne rain, wildfire embers, or pests.
Description
Guide describing the installation of gutters, downspouts, and alternate options for managing rainwater run-off from roofs.

Walls

Description
This guide describes wall assemblies and materials that are resistant to destruction from wildfires. Wall assemblies perform many important roles. They function structurally to hold up the building and they provide environmental separation, i.e., the wall assembly separates the indoors from the...

Windows

Doors

Porches / Carports / Decks

Description
Guide describing how to properly construct decks and other building attachments to be resistant to ignition in the event of a wildfire.

Site

Equipment

Description
Guide describing different types of gas shutoff valves to shutoff the flow of natural gas into a home to stop gas spills due to an accident or natural disaster.