The Wildfire Defense Mesh house on the homepage is a great resource and tool for selecting the most appropriate roll width for your application. Before installing Wildfire Defense Mesh, it is suggested that you consult and confirm with NFPA / Firewise, State, or your Local Fire Authority home hardening guidelines or a Wildfire Home Assessment specialist.
Remember, Wildfire Defense Mesh is part of your wildfire solution for Home Hardening and Defensible Space.
While many different local governments may have their iterations of wildfire codes or recommendations. These are likely derived from the three most widely implemented wildfire codes, being:
The California Building Code Chapter 7A — Materials and Construction Methods for Exterior Wildfire Exposure.
Australian Standards 3959 – Construction of Buildings in Bushfire Prone Areas and the different Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Building Codes in the U.S., CA Building Code, IWUIC, NFPA, etc. are all based on similar research. Embers are 80-90% of the cause of building loss, followed by radiant heat and direct flame.
A homeowner cannot control the land and vegetation outside of their property boundary. Therefore, codes make us look at what we can control. As a building code generally takes years to write and update, we now look to National and State Fire Authorities for Best Practice.
The current best practice is to develop layers of defense, both “Home Hardening” and creating a Defensible Space to be part of your solution to protect your home and assets.