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Severe Weather Resiliency of Buildings Increases with Spray Foam Insulation

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 18, 2017 9:55:55 AM

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Each year, thousands of homes and buildings are damaged or destroyed by hurricanes, tornadoes, and other severe weather events. Even worse, this can lead to injuries or loss of life.

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NFPA and IBHS Develop Wildfire Research Fact Sheets

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 10, 2017 11:26:16 AM

The NFPA and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) have developed a five-part Wildfire Research Fact Sheet series featuring the wildfire research being done at the IBHS research facility to create more resilient communities. Each fact sheet is available in both a printable pdf format and also with a customizable feature, where wildfire stakeholders can add their logo. 

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The Business Case for Resilient Building

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 5, 2017 12:41:20 PM

Rising sea levels, year-round wildfire seasons, drought that threatens our food security and fresh water supplies, and increasingly frequent and intense super storms have caused the public costs of resiliency and disaster risk mitigation to explode.

It’s more important than ever that local and state governments, as well as the private sector, play an active role resiliency planning.  Federal policy and practice can support or inhibit local innovation and leadership.

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Disaster in Puerto Rico a Chance to Build Back Sustainably and With Resilience

Posted by Richard Heinberg, Guest Columnist

Oct 4, 2017 10:24:10 AM

This is a huge unfolding tragedy. But it's also an opportunity to learn lessons, and to rebuild very differently.

News reports tell of the devastation left by a direct hit from Category 4 Hurricane Maria. Puerto Ricans already coping with damage from Hurricane Irma, which grazed the island just days before, were slammed with an even stronger storm on September 20, bringing more than a foot of rain and maximum sustained winds of at least 140 miles per hour. There is still no electricity—and likely won’t be for weeks or months—in this U.S. territory of 3.4 million people, many of whom also lack running water. Phone and internet service is likewise gone. Nearly all of Puerto Rico’s greenery has been blown away, including trees and food crops. A major dam is leaking and threatening to give way, endangering the lives of tens of thousands. This is a huge unfolding tragedy. But it’s also an opportunity to learn lessons, and to rebuild very differently.

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Why Multipurpose Fire Sprinkler Systems are More Sustainable

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 26, 2017 10:08:33 AM

If you’ve never heard of a multipurpose fire sprinkler system, it’s a brilliant design that combines the fire sprinklers with a home’s cold-water plumbing system. This unique layout not only saves on building materials, it also provides additional sustainable building benefits such as water and energy efficiencies. And, most importantly, it saves the most important thing on earth — human life!

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