Fire Resistant Home Building

While it’s nearly impossible to build a 100% fireproof home, we can significantly reduce the risk of a house burning through strategic construction.

When the Fourmile Canyon fire swept through Boulder in 2010, we saw the destruction and loss first-hand. Determined to do everything we can to protect our homeowners, we immediately educated ourselves on fire resistant home building and have been learning and improving our methods ever since.

Recent disasters such as the Marshall Fire demonstrate that, due to climate change, Colorado’s wildfire risk has increased dramatically. While traditional wisdom used to consider wildfires as a summer threat, we’re discovering that they’re now a year-round danger. Not only that, but they’re spreading into areas that we used to consider low risk, such as developed areas along the Front Range. As we look to the future and foresee an increasingly unstable climate, we know that fire-resistant construction is essential for Coloradans.

Due to our experience re-building homes lost to wildfires and having our homes survive fires, we’ve been featured on a variety of news networks to share our knowledge:

Building Back Better – Fire Resistant Construction interview with The Weather Channel

Devastating fires show growing need for fire-resistant homes – Interview with Denver7 News

Interview with Fox31 Denver about fire-resistant building materials & how they reduce risk of home loss.

We saw first hand the importance of fire resistant home building after the Fourmile Canyon Fire, when we built this home for a family that had lost their home.

A home that Cottonwood Custom Builders re-built using fire resistant home building practices after the Fourmile Canyon Fire in 2010.

Boulder County has led the way in implementing fire-resistant code requirements, which include:

  • A building envelope of non-combustible materials that is impenetrable to ember intrusion.
  • Windows that are heat and fire-resistant and can be covered with exterior shutters.
  • Landscaping that minimizes hazardous and flammable growth near the building.
  • Irrigation systems to dampen area around house during a fire event.
  • Decks and patios that protect the home instead of being the kindling that burns.

Fire Resistant Construction is Just the Start…

It’s also essential that we build energy-efficient homes, using sustainable building practices. Learn more in our Climate Conscious Building Guide.