Re: Fire regulations and cohousing
From: pattymara (
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2002 16:15:01 -0700 (MST)
At Tierra Nueva (central CA coast) we all learned early on about "hose
wrap".  This is the maximum distance permitted between where a fire truck
can drive to and park, and the house it is supposed to be protecting from
fire.  The drawing of our site plan was severely constricted by  the hose
wrap requirements.    We researched and designed a "green road" so that
we could maintain the pedestrian feel without building roads close to
every house.  This green road looks like grass, but it has a plastic
webbing underneath the grass to be able to bear the weight of a fire
truck.    Golf courses make use of the same webbing product.

No fire fighting equipment requirements were made.  The fire chief, who
we came to know well, was more interested in the tree branches arching
over the green road where his trucks would drive, and of course, the hose

Smoke alarms were required in the homes, but were not installed in the
common house.  Wierd huh?  Somehow it passed through their radar. 

Patty Mara Gourley



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