Fire-Resilient Homes Best Practices – Fine Homebuilding

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Written By Jim J Neal

Chris Laumer-Giddens, an architect, builder and building-science expert, will share his knowledge about exterior insulation and cladding assemblies, which make homes safer and more energy-efficient.

Every year, more neighborhoods become Wildland Urban Interface Zones (WUI) zones. This is partly due to the increased number of large forest fires in the region, but also because there has been an increase in home construction in these areas. These places aren’t just in the Southwest’s rural canyons. Wildfire risks are present in many other locations. As a result, more homes are at high risk than most people realize.

It is possible to reduce the risk of our homes setting themselves ablaze by making smart design and construction choices. This applies even in the event of a wildfire ravaging our community. Chris will share some of these strategies, based on his experience with success stories.

This webinar will teach you:

You will learn about Wildland Urban Interface Zones (WUI), what they are and how they can be dangerous. Also, you’ll see how resilient design principles apply to energy conservation and comfort. Get detailed information on how to create fire-safe wall assemblies with an emphasis on exterior stone-wool insulation. This guide also includes a comprehensive introduction to the building principles and methods that you can use to build resilient homes.


Chris is an architect and custom builder. He also designs and builds HVAC systems. He is the principal of LG Squared, Inc., a woman-owned company. He is known throughout the U.S. for his expertise in residential building science, residential HVAC Design, as well as designing and building high-performance homes. The projects include tiny homes, off-grid homesteads, historic deep-energy retrofits and Passive Houses as well as hot yoga studios. Chris is often available to share his insights at conferences and webinars. He also blogs, YouTubes, and posts on the company’s YouTube and other social media channels. His experience and expertise are sought by other architects, builders, industry professionals, as well as equipment, product and material manufacturers. He also assists with technology improvements, labor costs, performance, and improving technology. Chris and his wife are well-known for combining the beauty of design with the critical science behind performance, comfort, and durability in their projects.

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