California Wildfire Code Changes
Barrier has been contacted by architects in California looking for guidance on meeting new fire prevention requirements in Chapter 7A of the 2007 California Building Codes. The new changes went into effect on January 1, 2008, though selected changes become the purview of local jurisdictions starting July of 2008.
The new building standard addresses Fire Hazard Severity Zones (FHSZs) and, at the local level, Very-High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (VHFHSZs). There are more than 40 California counties and/or cities listed as VHFHSZs, including San Diego County, much of the Los Angeles basin and heavily populated areas in and around the San Francisco Bay.
Specific to Barrier, the new codes call for ignition-resistant materials or non-combustible coatings on the exposed underside of eaves and soffitts as well as for exterior walls. As such, Barrier has submitted an application for Blazeguard to be listed as a Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) product, per the requirements of CA SFM 12.7A-1. Our application has been received at the Office of the State Fire Marshall of the State of California, and at least one California architect has already specified Blazeguard on a new home being built in a VHFHSZ in northern California. We will keep you posted on this very exciting and promising development.
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SIPs Business Grows
The focus on the Structural Insulated Panel market is paying off! Over the past week, we have received two new SIPs orders. Both are for jumbo 8' x 24' panels and are scheduled to be manufactured and shipped by the end of June. One project is for a school up in Anchorage, Alaska and the other is for a local Minnesota construction project. In addition, overall inquiries from SIPs manufacturers have increased substantially and we have developed strong leads in the Mid-Atlantic and in Georgia and Mississippi. These leads have been generated directly from our recent participation in the annual SIPA show in New Orleans and due to a mailing brochure we created specifically for this market. See brochure
Barrier is determined to continue focus penetrating the Structural Insulated Panel Market as we offer a cost effective solution to the fire code and thermal barrier requirements and offer the ability to manufacture in a variety of sizes, including the jumbo panels many of these structures require. We hope to continue to see continued growth in this market over the next several months.Fire-rated sheathing, town homes, multi-family construction, housing market, small cap, otcbb, ibtgf, barrier, blazeguard, mycoguard, fire-rated paint, intumescent paint, mold, mildew, fire-retardant plywood, frt, sips, structural insulated panel, fire-rated wall assemblies, commercial modular, modular home construction, green building products, LEED, control room, electrical panel backer board, SIPs