According to Mary Huber in her Statesman article, Austin fire officials say the new development standards that would make buildings more resistant to wildfire are essential to protecting structures in Austin and Travis County:

Nearly two-thirds of structures in Austin are considered to be in the wildland urban interface, where homes and other buildings jut out near undeveloped land.

The wildland urban interface code, or WUI code, would mandate that all new structures in these areas be built with ignition-resistant materials to protect them from burning embers, which often set buildings ablaze in a wildfire when they fall on wooden roofs, blow in through vents or lodge under boards.

Examples of ignition-resistant materials include double-paned glass windows and noncombustible screens over attic vents.

The code changes would not apply to most existing homes and businesses. Remodeled properties would have to comply.

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