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The recent Camp Fire in California demonstrates that aside from being energy inefficient, homes in the United States are particularly vulnerable to wildfires. While energy efficiency may slow the increase in destructive fires, it’s clear we must improve wildfire building survivability. Few Americans realize that Europeans have been using materials in their buildings that make them both more energy efficient and significantly better protected against fires than standard American buildings. On top of this, European construction methods produce buildings that cost significantly less over their lifetimes than buildings in the U.S. It’s time the United States embraced these modern building materials and techniques by changing building codes to jumpstart their use in this country, especially in areas where wildfires often occur.

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