Joker is discovered in new law that would prevent shingle roofs – Red Bluff Daily News
Lumbermen of California are confused about the just-made discovery that SB 288, which takes effect July 29, contains provisions prohibiting the use of redwood or similar types of clapboards in roof houses or so-called semi-fireproof buildings erected town or village or city and province.
In lieu of the wood shingles, the new law provides for residential and semi-fireproof building roofs “shall be constructed of approved non-combustible materials or properly covered with an approved compound, fire-resistant or tire-retardant material.”
“Approved”, as used in the law, is interpreted in paragraph ten as “any material, apparatus, attachment or other matter which satisfies the requirements and approval of the department charged with the enforcement of this Act, or which satisfies the requirements of and has the approval of the National Board of Fire Underwriters or the Under writers’ Laboratories.”
A semi-fireproof building is defined in the Act as “a building which does not fully meet the requirements of this Act for a fireproof building as defined in this Act and having all outer walls and walls of inner and outer courts and alcoves constructed of brick, stone, concrete, reinforced concrete, terracotta or concrete tiles or similar approved fire-resistant or non-combustible materials.”
Hoping to prevent the law from going into effect, at least until the people vote on it in the 1922 general election, the loggers are considering a referendum against the law. To keep the act going, approximately 25,000 names would need to be obtained by midnight on July 29.
According to those familiar with the California lumber business, the new law will mean a loss of thousands of dollars a year for companies that manufacture redwood and other wood shingles and create a monopoly for the manufacturers of patented refractory shingles.
— July 21, 1921