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Storm Preparedness: Get Ready Before A Storm Strikes, Pay Attention to Safety

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 12, 2019 12:19:50 PM

OPEI Offers 12 Tips to Help Home & Business Owners Prepare Ahead of Storms, Hurricanes and Floods

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Planning Resilient Communities from the City Scale to the Neighborhood-Level

Posted by Alex Dews, Guest Columnist

Jul 29, 2019 4:58:50 PM

Climate change is impacting our communities. Neighborhood-level change can help increase climate resilience.

In late spring, sustainability experts gathered at The Discovery Center in Philadelphia for the second Community Climate Resilience Workshop hosted by Green Building United in partnership with the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations. The event aimed to increase knowledge of resilience from the city scale down to the neighborhood level in Philadelphia. Community developers, designers, planners, and government representatives shared knowledge on how climate change is impacting communities, what resiliency means and looks like, and how communities can take action.

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Flood Recovery: Tips for Safely Using Pumps When Cleaning Up

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 2, 2019 11:02:01 AM

If you have experienced flooding, you know that a water pump is an important part of the clean-up process, helping move gallons of water quickly and efficiently to dry out flooded basements and assist contractors on job sites.

“These pumps are powerful and can speed up a cleanup job after a flood,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing power equipment, small engine, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. “

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Video: Owners Focus on Home Hardening to Stave Off Wildfires

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 21, 2019 4:21:24 PM

The terminology is new, "Home Hardening," but the techniques of brush removal buffer zones and fire-resistant materials is well documented.

This story from KPIX in the San Francisco Bay Area shows how one homeowner is taking steps to make his home more resilient against wildfire.

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Florida Damages Offer a Case Study in the Aftermath of Flooding

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 17, 2019 10:20:49 AM

Past floods from hurricanes and tropical storms have left some Floridian homeowners on the streets and strapped with staggering rebuilding expenses. ArcDesign gives practical advice on how to avoid such an outcome for this and future hurricane seasons.

Last year Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach in the panhandle of Florida. In the aftermath of the hurricane's shocking impact, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared the city "wiped out." 1 In the months following the disaster, city officials wrestled with passing new land regulations to prepare the city for future hurricane strikes. One of the main changes made to building codes is raising any new buildings or homes above the flood line to avoid future structural damage.2Randy Young, CEO of ArcDesign, residential design and drafting specialists, describes the building code change as necessary but late. “Whether new or existing, the most important thing a person can do to prevent home flood damage is elevate their home or structure above the flood plain. However, to prevent flood damage, the time to do it is before a hurricane hits— not afterwards.”

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