Building a Wildfire Resistant Home

This article has been included as a link in the “Building Your Home” section of this website. It includes excellent updated information about the costs associated with building a wildfire resistant home, which are roughly the same as building a conventional home.

Wildfire disasters will be more common if unmitigated home development continues in the wildland-urban interface.

  • 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.

  • Technology and standards exist today that will make communities safer. Cities, counties, and other jurisdictions can implement wildfire-resistant building codes to reduce their vulnerability to wildfire.