A fire­proof house

Popular Science - - TALES FROM THE FIELD - SEAN LEE VIA FACE­BOOK

Fully fire­proof build­ings don’t ex­ist. But fir­ere­sis­tant ma­te­ri­als such as con­crete and lime­stone, cou­pled with flame-re­tar­dant roofs, chim­ney caps, and mesh screens, can get you close. For wild­fire-prone states such as Cal­i­for­nia, work starts at the lawn’s edge, says Michael Rogers, fa­cil­i­ties di­rec­tor at the Getty Cen­ter in LA, a leader in re­silient de­sign. Wild­fires spread from float­ing em­bers, so home­own­ers trim plants to re­duce kin­dling. The mu­seum’s mil­lion-gal­lon wa­ter tank is be­yond a typ­i­cal fam­ily’s means—or needs— but ab­sorbent plants can tem­per a grow­ing flame.

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