Fire-Safe Design in Practice

In designing fire-safe buildings, we address all areas of vulnerability but focus particular attention on the risk posed by windblown embers. Reaching a home long before the flames of a wildfire, flying embers are capable of shattering windows and igniting a structure from within.

We are currently retrofitting a home in the Upper Ojai Valley with steel fire-shutters that will be used to cover the windows and doors of the building whenever fire threatens. The shutters (pictured when closed) hang vertically from galvanized barn door tracks. Elsewhere we have used a counterweight sash system that enables the shutters to be stored above or below the openings.

You can see additional images of the project here and read more about our design approach here.