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Homeowners design house to withstand wildfires
The home of Jeff Bork and Pat Lavin features fire-resistant materials like stone, steel, metal, stucco and fiber cement board, according to Bork.
“Everything outside is non-combustible,” said Jeff Bork of his 2,800-square-foot home.
Jeff Bork points out one of 30 sprinkler heads installed in his 2,800-square-foot home.
Jeff Bork said his fire suppression system is supplied by a 300-gallon tank and is capable of pumping 30 gallons a minute.
Trimmed trees at a prescribed distance from Jeff Bork’s home make it even less likely to burn in the event of a wildfire.
More than fire proof

Fire resistance wasn’t the only thing on Jeff Bork’s mind when designing his home.
Energy efficiency also ranked high, after buying a home in 2012 that was not properly insulated or air sealed. The poor insulation created ice dams on the roof and water damage inside the home that had to be fixed.
“Big chucks of our ceiling had no insulation,” he said.
While designing his new home, Bork invested in efficiency in many ways, including insulation, passive solar and water conservation.
“This is our retirement home. We were willing to pay a little more for energy efficiency, if it would reduce our operating cost,” he said.
To take advantage of the free-heat generated from the sun, the home has plenty of south-facing windows and concrete floors to help absorb the heat and release it slowly. Specially designed eaves keep the home from heating up in summer, but still allowing solar gain to occur in winter.
This passive solar allowed Bork to use a smaller heating and air conditioning system. But the house is so well sealed they have did not need to use the air conditioning this summer.
It also has a photovoltaic array that is expected to produce more energy than the house consumes, said Jake Walsh the owner of JT Builders, the contractor.
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To learn more

To learn more about FireWise and its Firewise Ambassador Program, visit www.firewise.org or contact La Plata County Chapter coordinator Melody Walters at laplatafirewise@gmail.com or 884-4662.

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Noncombustible?

The home of Jeff Bork and Pat Lavin features fire-resistant materials like stone, steel, metal, stucco and fiber cement board, according to Bork.
“Everything outside is non-combustible,” said Jeff Bork of his 2,800-square-foot home.
Jeff Bork points out one of 30 sprinkler heads installed in his 2,800-square-foot home.
Jeff Bork said his fire suppression system is supplied by a 300-gallon tank and is capable of pumping 30 gallons a minute.
Trimmed trees at a prescribed distance from Jeff Bork’s home make it even less likely to burn in the event of a wildfire.
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