When Technology Fails by Matthew Stein

When Technology Fails by Matthew Stein


“I PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT!
Global Warming Equals Increasing Fire Danger
Build a Durable Fire resistant Structure
Fire Resistant Roofing
Fire Resistant Decking
Maintain a Defensible Space
II LESSONS FROM THE 1993 LAGUNA BEACH FIRE – WHAT SURVIVED?
– Many if not most homes burned from the inside out (fire storm heat ignited interior curtains, etc)
– Stucco, or cement walls preferred. If wood siding, apply over 5/8 sheetrock fire wall for improved fire resistance.
– All projections (roof eaves, etc) protected on underside with cement plaster, or sheathed with cement board (Certainteed, Hardie, etc.) for a wood look.
– Minimize venting, screened at openings to prevent flaming embers from entering vents. Removable fires stop vent blocks in place during periods of high fire danger.
– Coat wood decks with Pacific Polymers urethane deck covering or treat with fire resistant coatings
– Well insulated, well sealed envelope, and high thermal mass slow interior heating and ignition.
III GREEN & FIRE RESISTANT
SCIP (Structural Concrete Insulated Panel) i.e.: ICS 3D Panel
Straw Bale
ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms)
COB
ADOBE
PISE / Rammed Earth [and Earthbag]
SIP (with cement board siding)
I.E. Concrete Based, Earth Based, or fill the wall with foam or straw so no chimney effect and sheath with cement board or stucco!”

Source: When Technology Fails
Maybe earthbag will get included in the list in the next publishing cycle.


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