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2.5 Million Homes, Businesses Totaling $1 Trillion Threatened by High Tide Flooding

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 19, 2018 10:42:52 AM

Study Finds Coastal Municipalities May Lose Huge Sums in Property Tax Revenue

Accelerating sea level rise in the lower 48 states, primarily driven by climate change, is projected to worsen tidal flooding, putting as many as 311,000 coastal homes with a collective market value of about $117.5 billion today at risk of chronic flooding within the next 30 years—the lifespan of a typical mortgage—according to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released today. Roughly 14,000 coastal commercial properties assessed at a value of roughly $18.5 billion also are at risk during that timeframe. By the end of the century, homes and businesses currently worth more than $1 trillion could be at risk: as many as 2.4 million homes—roughly the equivalent of all the homes in Los Angeles and Houston combined—valued at approximately $912 billion and 107,000 commercial properties assessed at $152 billion.  

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Restaurant Lifted by Microburst Lands in Mississippi

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 22, 2018 7:32:47 PM

The short, sudden burst of wind in Pass Christian Harbor sent customers and employees diving for something to hold on to.

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Report: Nightmare Season of Hurricanes Approaching

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 11, 2018 7:52:20 AM

Dashing any hopes that last year's triple whammy of monster storms was a fluke, forecasts show wind speeds in hurricane-forming waters are already rising precipitously.

As reported in The Guardian this morning by Oliver Milman:

"The US may have to brace itself for another harrowing spate of hurricanes this year, with forecasts of an active 2018 season coming amid new research that shows powerful Atlantic storms are intensifying far more rapidly than they did 30 years ago.

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Resilient Product Showcase

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 21, 2018 4:12:52 PM

New products and systems that address flooding and wind provide ready-made solutions to design and engineering challenges.

Comfort Block

One of the more exciting product innovations at Greenbuild in Boston this fall was this concrete block wall system, designed by a couple of guys from Sanford, Maine. The Comfort Block masonry system is unique in several ways. First, it’s assembled using a high-tech adhesive, not traditional mortar. Second, it shields the rigid foam insulation inside dual layers of concrete. The finished walls are 16 inches thick, R-30. But what builders may like most is that the system can be finished on the outside with a simple latex-based coating, with no drainage layer, no house wrap and no sheathing required. The same is true on the interior. You can apply plaster directly to the face of the concrete. Clever use of narrow chambers provides chase area for electrical and supply-side piping. www.genest-concrete.com

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Free Webinar on Resilient Building

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 19, 2018 3:06:06 PM

Given the recent changes in our climate, weather patterns, and rising sea levels, it’s essential that we craft an effective resilient building strategy—swiftly—in order to keep our homes and buildings safe and protected. Join Green Builder Media editor in chief Matt Power as he explores important strategies, best practices, and essential products for increasing the resiliency of our built environment. In this webinar, Power will provide insight into building flaws and their solutions, areas of concern, and resilient products.

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