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Building a wildfire-resistant home: Codes and costs
Quarles, Stephen L.; Pohl, Kelly
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This study compares existing codes and standards for wildfire-resistant construction and estimates cost differences in constructing a wildfire-resistant home compared to a typical home. It also examines the cost of retrofitting a typical home to be more wildfire-resistant.
Key findings include:
- A new home built to wildfire-resistant codes can be constructed for roughly the same cost as a typical home.
- Costs vary for retrofitting an existing home to be wildfire-resistant, with some components such as the roof and walls having significant expense. Some of these costs can be divided and prioritized into smaller projects.
- Many wildfire-resistant home features have additional benefits, such as a longer lifecycle and reduced maintenance.
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