Encyclopedia of Wildfires and Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires

Living Edition
| Editors: Samuel L. Manzello

Costs of WUI Codes and Standards for New Construction

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51727-8_241-1



A wildland-urban interface (WUI) code provides requirements for new home construction in wildfire-prone areas. Building codes often reference consensus-based standards that are used to evaluate the performance of materials or assemblies. The cost is defined by the difference in expenses between constructing to meet code requirements as compared to traditional, baseline construction.


A wildland-urban interface (WUI) code provides requirements for home construction in wildfire-prone areas. A WUI code may require additional development standards such as those related to infrastructure (e.g., water supply and roads), landscaping and site requirements (e.g., defensible space and storage of combustibles), and fire protection systems (e.g., sprinklers and spark arresters). Building codes are generally reserved for new construction or significant remodels that meet certain...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Insurance Institute for Business & Home SafetyTampaUSA
  2. 2.Headwaters EconomicsBozemanUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Raphaele Blanchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Land & WaterCSIROMelbourneAustralia