What is the purpose of WUI?
The objective is to establish minimum standards for materials and material assemblies and provide a reasonable level of exterior wildfire exposure protection for buildings in Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Areas. These standards also offer some protection from a fire in an adjacent structure and prevention of the spreading of fire to wildland vegetation.
What is the Wildland Urban Interface ( WUI ) fire area?
The Wildland Urban Interface fire areas (also referred to as WUI zones) are specific areas within the City of Novato being identified as Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones by the Novato Fire Protection District, based on the requirements of the Wildland Urban Interface code adopted by the State of California.
How does my home by being in a WUI zone affect a remodel or addition?
The ignition resistant construction standards required in Chapter 7A of the California Building Code (CBC) have been determined to provide the reasonable level of protection for buildings in a WUI zone. The application of these standards are covered in the POLICY FOR REMODELS AND ALTERATIONS TO EXISTING BUILDINGS