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May 18, 2019
Mavis is a personal friend of mine and I’m always so impressed with the important work she, her team and foundation are doing. She is so passionate about helping others and getting information out to educate all about exposure to asbestos and associated illnesses.  Below is Mavis’s story. Please donate to her foundation that helps so many. https://www.mavisnyefoundation.com/ The Mavis Nye  Foundation was created to inspire  victims of...
May 3, 2019
Better than recycling waste is to not generate any. Full recycling of all waste – trash free is a tremendously important issue and a worthwhile goal. Some have gone completely 100% recycling of all their waste, such as the Danish island of Bornholm. They are setting an excellent example for the rest of us and proving that 100% recycling of all waste is not only possible but a very attainable goal. A better step to recycling though is...
April 22, 2019
The first time I heard about Earth Day was when I was in the eighth grade and my well admired and clever science teacher opened up a discussion on the cons of earth day stating it was some sort of liberal nonsense and a hoax. This agitated most of the class. He further stirred the pot by claiming that it didn’t matter how much pollution we caused, that the planet could take care of itself. He went on to say that the oceans were so vast and...
April 19, 2019
PCB's (PolyChlorinated Biphenyls) are another, obsolete building material that can create both health and financial risks. Like lead based paint this construction component was also banned in the USA in 1978. Asbestos was banned 4 years earlier in 1974. Due to the fact that PCB’s don’t easily degrade or break down made them a popular ingredient and was predominately used in numerous construction materials for industrial use. Even though...
April 6, 2019
With consumerism going out of control, minimalism is now on a steady rise as more people have become conscious of how they live. Minimalism is a growing trend that affects not just our personal lives but also helps protect the planet by preserving nature and our precious natural resources. For me, minimalism is not just learning to live with less. It’s about getting more from less. We come from the old school of “Taking, Making, Using,...
March 28, 2019
As weather events strengthen and become more frequent, it only makes sense to simply increase the protection of the building exterior to preserve the people and their contents inside. Resilient housing and buildings is a must. Especially as severe weather increases. With it comes higher temperatures, wild fires, devastating droughts, stronger wind events, torrential downpours, massive flooding, deep freezes and an overall escalation in...
February 27, 2019
Unrestrained wildfires, record breaking deep freeze, heatwaves, unpredictable floods and devastating storms continue the worldwide pattern of increasingly destructive weather systems. Meteorologists are using choice words to describe these weather events that have decimated whole communities and paralyzed towns and cities. Recently, California wildfires devastated whole towns with populations of 25,000 and they were completely wiped off...
February 4, 2019
"We haven’t inherited the planet from our parents. We have borrowed it from our children.”  Jane Goodall

. The World Economic Forum held its Annual Meeting in Davos last week and environmental issues took center stage. Extreme weather, natural disasters and failure to act on climate change pointed to humanity sleepwalking towards disaster.

 Although there were many impressive world and corporate leaders present the ones that helped...
January 24, 2019
After devastating fires, floods and other disasters rebuilds that take place especially in areas that may be susceptible to future damage need improved building codes and construction standards that better protect properties against future disasters.  I’ve done much research on the best way to move forward with rebuilds after recent disasters. I’ve continued to work with some industry experts that have added to my education on the whole...
January 3, 2019
Roofs are the most vulnerable building surfaces. These take the worst that Mother Nature has to throw. And I do mean throw – hurricanes, typhoons, and tornados. You name it.  As storms intensify, roofs need even more and better protection than other building components. The most vulnerable building surface in any storm or wind event is the roof and the weakest points of a roof are at the seams and wherever there are gaps. So, it stands to...