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This House is a Real Fire Fighter

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 7, 2018 1:09:28 PM

Casa Aquila defies wildfires with resilient systems.

The elegant single-story stucco-and-glass house atop a hill above Ramona, Calif.’s San Pasqual Valley may not look very castle-like, but the home was built with a host of features that make it a veritable fortress against wildfires, the common enemy of Southern California homeowners.

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Free Webinar: Understanding the Wildfire Threat to Homes

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 19, 2018 8:27:31 AM

This online learning module from NFPA 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 thirty minutes.

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Solutions Exist to Break the Devastating Cycle of Hog Farms Flooding During Hurricanes

Posted by Maggie Monast, Guest Columnist

Sep 25, 2018 12:26:54 PM

EDF statement from Maggie Monast, Senior Manager for Agricultural Sustainability

North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality is currently reporting that at least 43 hog manure lagoons are inundated with floodwater, actively overflowing or facing structural breaches. Many farms remain inaccessible, and these numbers are likely to grow until floodwaters recede later this week.

“Hurricane Florence has been devastating for farmers, their neighbors and water quality, and the effects of this flooding will be felt for a long time.

“Flooded hog farms bring back traumatic memories for North Carolinians who experienced Hurricane Floyd and Hurricane Matthew. Solutions exist to break this cycle, but North Carolina and the hog industry must commit to implementing them. Farmers can’t fix this on their own.

“The public and private sectors must fully fund the oversubscribed buyout program that closes manure lagoons in high-risk floodplains. They must also increase investments in lagoon covers and advanced manure management technologies like manure digesters, which have the additional benefits of generating revenue for farmers, creating jobs in rural areas, and reducing the impacts of manure on public health and water quality.

“Unfortunately, hurricanes like Florence and other heavy rain events are becoming the new normal. The state and hog industry have made progress reducing flood risk during the last twenty years, but there’s much more we can do. Recovery from this disaster must include support for communities and farmers to put resilient systems in place.”

Maggie Monast is Senior Manager for Agricultural Sustainability at Environmental Defense Fund

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In Response to Climate Change, Wealthy Home Buyers Add Resilience

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 21, 2018 10:24:00 AM

New construction in high risk coastal areas is a booming business, as the wealthy embrace stricter building codes—while the less well off head inland.

This from Spears:

"Stricter building requirements in high-risk locations are pushing up construction costs and premiums, but not stifling demand. The Florida building codes, first released in 2010 and updated last year, provide standards for hurricane resistant buildings. De Mallet Morgan says that governments and HNWs are increasingly looking to these sorts of guidelines even at the most luxurious tranches of the global property market.

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HOMES DESIGNED TO TAKE THE HIT: SEEKING PROTECTION AGAINST GROWING THREAT OF HAILSTORM DAMAGE

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 13, 2018 2:21:36 PM

When it rains, it may pour, but when it hails, it can be hellish for homeowners.

As evidenced by the latest hailstorms in Colorado, Texas and the Midwest, hail can be extremely damaging, costly and even deadly. Recent reports show that hailstorm costs are increasing in the United States, averaging $8 billion to $10 billion in damage annually and accounting for 70 percent of insured loss from severe storms.

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