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Time to Hunker Down

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Feb 27, 2019 10:03:22 AM

Next generation homes must be built with worst-case climate scenarios as their baseline. 

Last night, while attending a Resilience Hub meeting in my hometown of Portland, Maine, I was cornered by an anxious friend. She had read some of the latest dire Climate Change reports, and was interested in taking some kind of action to prepare for the changes that coming, if such preparation is even possible.

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Log Cabin Roof Takes Top Honors in Metal Roof Competition

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 25, 2019 4:49:24 PM

Showcasing durability and performance as well as beauty, Wedge Roofing's installation on a ranch also demonstrates wildfire resistance.

PORTLAND, Ore.—The winner of the Metal Roofing Alliance’s Best Metal Roofing Project Competition proves that better protection can be beautiful. Wedge Roofing, an MRA contractor member located in the San Francisco Bay Area, recently took top honors for a beautiful metal re-roofing project installed on a rustic log cabin home located at Moon Dance Ranch in Sonoma County, Calif.

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Report: Flood and Fire Preparations Could Save Billions of Dollars

Posted by Daniel Strain, CU Boulder Today

Jan 20, 2019 4:13:56 AM

This article first appeared in the University of Colardo, Boulder's publication CU Boulder Today.

Communities that act now to protect themselves from future hazards like earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and wildfires can save themselves as much as $11 for every $1 that they initially invest, according to recent research.

The findings are part of an update to “Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves.” This landmark report was first published in 2005 by the National Institute of Building Sciences and was led by CU Boulder’s Keith Porter, who also spearheaded the most recent findings.

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NIBS Releases Study on Value of Mitigation

Posted by ICC

Jan 18, 2019 4:13:46 PM

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) released the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2018 Interim Report at its annual conference, Building Innovation 2019 in Washington, D.C.

The study found that adopting the 2018 International Codes (I-Codes) generates a national benefit of $11 for every $1 invested. The I-Codes create jobs and minimize insurance premiums and business interruptions following natural disasters and are the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the world.

The 2018 Interim Report highlights the significant savings that result from implementing mitigation strategies in terms of safety, and the prevention of property loss and disruption of day-to-day life. The report includes findings from the 2017 Interim Report (released in January 2018) and a second report, Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: Utilities and Transportation Infrastructure (released in October 2018).

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An In-Depth Guide to Financial Emergency Preparedness

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 21, 2018 10:26:34 AM

Organize and manage your finances before and after a natural disaster.

Brian Robson from The Simple Dollar has put together a guide to the financial aspects of resilience before, during and after a disaster. It covers insurance, emergency plans, emergency funds, a bug-out bag guide and more.

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