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January 31, 2024

Legislation to Combat Wildfire Destruction Passed Committee

HB24-1091 would permit residents living in HOAs to opt for fire-hardened building materials  

DENVER, CO –  The House Transportation, Housing & Local Government Committee today passed legislation to permit Coloradans living in homeowners’ associations (HOAs) to use fire-hardened building materials. HB24-1091, sponsored by Representatives Kyle Brown and Brianna Titone, passed unanimously. 

“When it comes to rebuilding or renovating your home, Coloradans should be able to choose fire-hardened building materials to help combat destructive wildfires,” said Rep. Kyle Brown, D-Louisville. “As many in my community rebuild from the Marshall Fire, it is important they are able to rebuild their homes using materials that won’t ignite their homes, and this legislation paves the way for Coloradans living in HOAs to do just that.”

“Residential wildfire mitigation efforts are more important now than ever before, especially for those living in the wildland-urban interface, ” said Rep. Brianna Titone, D-Arvada. “This bill would allow all Coloradans living in HOAs to install fire-hardened building materials on their property. Combatting wildfire begins with proper mitigation and this bill reduces barriers to creating more fire-resistant homes and safer communities.”   

HB24-1091 would no longer allow HOAs to restrict the installation, use, or maintenance of fire-hardened building materials in residential property. Fire-hardened building materials, such as metal, certain types of stucco, and fiber cement siding, help mitigate wildfire risk and damage on residential and commercial properties. The goal of HB24-1091 is to allow Coloradans to build more fire-resistant homes and combat wildfire destruction in residential communities.

Under this bill, HOAs would be allowed to develop reasonable standards regarding the design, dimensions, placement or external appearance of fire-hardened building materials used for fencing within the community. The fire-hardened building materials outlined in this legislation would meet the standards set forth by the 2021 International Wildland-Urban Interface Code, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.

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