Thursday, January 8, 2004
A PowerPoint presentation will be given by the City's Chief Building Official and Fire Marshall.
As a background, the proposal includes two sets of standards that will be required: those for new buildings and additions in high fire hazard areas and a general set of citywide standards.
The recommendations for homes in high fire hazard areas include requiring:
- Class A non-combustible roofing for residential buildings - such as cement shingles or sheets, exposed concrete slab roofs, ferrous or copper shingles or sheets, slate shingles and clay or concrete roofing tile.
- Sprinklers in residential occupancies, including inside attics and garages
- All exterior walls to be of fire resistant material (one-hour rated) and double layered glazing in openings
- Boxed eaves - enclosing the underside of roof overhangs with non combustible material
- Added protection for attic and eave vents and fireplace chimneys; and restricted location of these vents
- Tempered or double glazing for skylights
- Non-combustible material for roof gutters and down spouts
- No exposed wood fences, decks or garage doors
Proposed requirements for buildings throughout the city include:
- Banning wood shake/shingles on new roofs and re-roofs over 25 percent of roof area
- Class A roofing only for all new roofs and re-roofs over 25 percent
- All existing wood shake/shingle roofs to be replaced in 25 years
As part of the approval process, the proposed building codes changes will be reviewed by the Building Board of Appeals on Thursday, January 8, 2004, (2:00 pm) meeting that will be held in the first floor auditorium of the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department, 9601 Ridgehaven Court (858-573-1200).
On Jan. 20, the recommended changes will go before the San Diego City Council for consideration. A follow up email will be sent to you when more information is provided by our council office.