Wildland-Urban Interface Building Code Training Sessions
Chapter 7A of the California Building Code - Materials and Construction Methods for Exterior Wildfire Exposure - was approved by the Building Standards Commission in September, 2005. This new chapter of the code applies to new construction in Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas. It will establish minimum standards for the protection of life and property by increasing the ability of a building to resist intrusion of flame and burning embers.CAL FIRE Office of the State Fire Marshal developed a four-hour training course covering Wildland Urban Interface Building Standards (WUIBS) requirements. The course was designed for building officials, fire officials, planners, building materials manufacturers, developers, architects engineers and other building professionals. It was delivered scores of times throughout the state in 2007 and 2008. The grant funding for this project has run out and no further classes are currently scheduled.
Based on feedback from this training the class materials are under revision and new training will be offered in early 2009. For more information see the Hot Topic “Building Code Chapter 7A Wildfire Protection information & CBC Ch7ATask Force” on the main page of the CAL FIRE Office of the State Fire Marshal website at http://osfm.fire.ca.gov/.