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New California Building Code

On September 20, 2005, the California Building Standards Commission approved the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s emergency regulations amending the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, Part 2, known as the 2007 California Building Code (CBC).

These new regulations, known as Chapter 7A, require that vents resist the intrusion of flames and embers when building in fire hazard areas.

Specific information about the new Chapter 7A code is available from CAL FIRE (the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention) at the links below:

Chapter 7A Code - Read the Specifics
“Materials and Construction Methods for Exterior Wildfire Exposure."
To access this 3-page PDF file online, Click Here.

Wildland Fire Prevention - Starting Point for Ch. 7A Information
“701A.3.2 New Buildings Located in Any Fire Hazard Severity Zone. New buildings located in any Fire Hazard Severity Zone within State Responsibility Areas, any Local Agency Very-High Fire Hazard Severity Zone, or any Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Area designated by the enforcing agency for which an application for a building permit is submitted on or after January 1, 2008, shall comply with all sections of this chapter."
To read more information about this online, Click Here.

California's Wildland-Urban Interface Building Code Information
“Access and read all the relevant codes ."
To access this information online, Click Here.

Fire Hazard Severity Zone Maps - Project Overview
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Fire Hazard Severity Zone Maps - Get Maps
“View and Download state and county maps."
To access this information online, Click Here.

Wildland FAQs
“Answers to Questions about the Wildland-Urban Interface and the new Code."
To access this information online, Click Here.

 

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