GTU Certificate Tracks: SS, BS, UE, ES, LIL
SPEAKER: Tom Napier, Building Material Reuse Association
On a national scale, recent disasters such as the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast hurricane seasons created a new awareness of the potential for damage to buildings. The terms 'resilient' and 'sustainable' are closely related. Resilience refers to resisting damage to one’s home and reducing the time, effort, and trauma to reoccupy the home, repair it, and resume a normal life. Sustainable, or “green,” refers to reducing environmental impacts, such as water, energy and resource consumption, and damage to human health. While natural events in the Chicagoland area may not approach the magnitude of a hurricane, high wind and rain can still create damage, as witnessed by the flooding seen in many local communities in the Spring of 2013, and the tornados destroying homes here in Illinois in November 2013. The seminar will describe methods for homeowners to improve the resilience of their homes while also improving environmental performance.