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Combustible Roof Replacement Incentive Program
Photo by Alan WesthaverThe Town of Banff is offering financial incentives to homeowners whose homes are in high and moderate wildfire risk zones and currently have an unrated combustible roof system.

If your home has an unrated combustible roof and is in one of those wildfire risk zones, you will receive a door hanger indicating your ability to apply for this program.

To Apply for the Program

Financial Incentive
Successful projects qualify for $900 per home. A duplex will be eligible for $900 per half duplex. The program has annual capacity limits. If limits are reached, incentive recipients will be compensated in the following year's funding allocation based on submission dates. 

There are approximately 170 combustible roofs in high risk zones and approximately 85 combustible roofs in moderate risk zones.

Program Participants
Once you are a program participant, you will need to:
  • Provide a copy of the roof replacement invoice and proof of payment
  • Provide proof new roofing material has a minimum Class B fire resistance rating

Why FireSmart your Roof?
Lessons learned from the preliminary findings in a report published by the Institute for Catastrophic loss Reduction following the fire in Fort McMurray verify and reinforce the need to FireSmart homes and communities susceptible to heavy ember loading due to a high intensity wildfire. The report clearly demonstrates that homes that adopted FireSmart principals had a significantly higher survival rate compared to homes that did not apply FireSmart principals.

Banff has approximately 255 residential homes within high and moderate risk wildfire zones with untreated combustible roofs. The resources and time required to protect a home with an untreated combustible roof more than doubles. With limited time and resources, these types of structures may be identified as being unable to be protected during a wildfire and abandoned to protect homes with a higher probability of survival.

Banff Fire Department Administration