College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Paul Redden, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Santa Barbara County experiences wildfires often, with fourteen major wildfires occurring in the last thirty years. Title 24, Part 9 of the California Building Code establishes the minimum building requirements for fire protection in residential construction, but there are many ways to protect a home from wildfires that go beyond the minimum requirements established in the building code. The goal of this paper is to assess the perceived increase in value to Santa Barbara County homeowners of wildfire protective measures for their homes, and to determine realistic methods for wildfire protection that are within the budget of these homeowners. This paper utilizes a survey sent to Santa Barbara County realtors to determine a realistic estimate for the amount of money that Santa Barbara County homeowners are willing to spend on wildfire protection. From the results of the survey it is determined that homeowners are willing to spend approximately $25,000 on methods that exceed the building code requirements to protect their homes from wildfires. The most viable methods for wildfire protection that fit within this budget are fire retardant protection systems, home hardening techniques, and the creation of defensible space around a home.