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Learn More About Protecting Your Home from Wildfire

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 12, 2019 3:50:03 PM

Take advantage of the shorter, colder days to learn more about the threat of wildfire and ignition sources with this free Firewise USA online tutorial. Share new knowledge with your neighbors.

This online learning module is an overview of fire history, fire basics, and how homes burn. It's an excellent resource for residents and other stakeholders that are pursuing knowledge on the basics of how wildfires ignite homes and the actions that can be implemented to make homes safer. The module can be completed in approximately 30 minutes.

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How to Design for Disaster

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Oct 23, 2019 12:05:53 PM

This new book on how to design and build homes to withstand disasters is a must-read for the building industry.

Boyce Thompson is the author of three books about residential architecture and construction. In his latest, Designing for Disaster: Domestic Architecture in the Era of Climate Change, published by Schiffer in late September, Thompson writes about how to design and build homes that can withstand the growing threat of hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, landslides, and other natural disasters. The cover calls this the most urgent architectural issue of our time. We caught up with the author recently for an interview.

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Texas Building Code Survey Highlights Need for Mitigation in Hurricane-prone areas

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 22, 2019 10:21:08 AM

840,000 people in coastal Texas lack protection from residential building codes.

A detailed review of coastal Texas building codes revealed gaps that could leave homeowners at risk if mitigation efforts are not sought as nearly one-third of Texans live in the coastal counties.

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Free Webinar: Sustainable Protection With Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 11, 2019 2:39:10 PM

Whether you need to meet the fire sprinkler mandate in your jurisdiction or want to add a life-safety upgrade to your homes that also helps conserve water, there’s a smart solution that really works for builders, contractors and homeowners alike. 

With more jurisdictions across the country requiring fire sprinklers in homes, a multipurpose system is a smart solution for builders. It can save on installation and materials costs compared to a separate plumbing and fire sprinkler system, and oftentimes the fire sprinklers can be installed by the builder’s plumber already on the job. Plus, it gives builders an opportunity to differentiate their houses, particularly with the recent heavy press given to natural disasters.

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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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