Fight wildfire season

| by Nathaniel Bruce
Fight wildfire season

As California, Colorado, Arizona and other western states approach the end of the 2014 wildfire season, higher fire risk looks to be a fact of life. That's why homebuilders in the region are looking for new ways to build homes where the possibility of fire is always top of mind.

That's one of the reasons builders of residential projects like Desert Crest development in Lancaster, California, are choosing defensive building products like Eco Red Shield protected lumber and trusses.

Five 2,168-square-foot homes will be built with Eco Shield protected lumber and trusses. The bright red coating signifies the wood has been coated – not pressure treated – with Eco Building Products' WoodSurfaceFilmTM and FRC™ technology (Fire Retardant Coating).

That means the wood products are protected against fire, mold/mycotoxins, fungus, rot-decay, wood ingesting insects and termites by the proprietary eco-friendly chemistry.

The lumber homes are built with today is different than lumber from around 1980 or before. Most lumber is new growth, which softer than older lumber, and therefore burns faster because it dries out more quickly. Using protected lumber can slow the spread of fire, giving occupants more time to escape and firefighters more time to effect a rescue if necessary.

Topics: Foundations, Lumber and Structured Panels

Companies: Eco Building Products

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