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Who is John Banta?

John Banta using a Fluke Thermal Imaging Camera with IR Fusion.   

Extreme Weather Hits Home, Protecting Your Buildings From Climate Change  

For the last 20 years I have worked as an indoor environmental quality consultant. I focus on buildings. My original focus and continuing interest is creating healthy homes. Ten years ago I coauthored a book with architect Paula Baker-LaPorte and medical doctor Erica Elliott called Prescriptions for a Healthy House, A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders, and Homeowners. It is now in its third edition.

Over the last decade a major part of my work has shifted. I now help people recover from disasters where there buildings have been partially damaged by fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake and other catastrophic losses.  Scientists are telling us that these catastrophic events are increasing in intensity, duration, or frequency due to climate change.  

I believe that climate change is the most important issue facing our planet today. It is changing natural habitats, bleaching coral reefs, forcing migration and resulting in extinction of multiple species.

These are important issues, that are being researched and written about by biologists, climatologists, meteorologists and others that are more qualified than I in those areas. My specialty is buildings and that is why I have written about ways to adapt our buildings to withstand the effects of climate change. Please make no mistake. If we do not get climate change under control adaptation won’t be sufficient and the information in my book won’t be enough – so we must act now to control our greenhouse gas emissions. 

Climate change is already resulting in billions of dollars of damage to our buildings each year. Of course the dollar damage to a home doesn’t even begin to describe the stress and suffering experienced by people that have survived a catastrophic loss. Not all climate change effects on our buildings are catastrophic. Some such as expansive clay soil movement, or trapped moisture are subtle and slow to cause damage, but none-the-less can be very expensive.

Fortunately the damage from subtle effects can be prevented and often times inexpensively  reversed if the problems are recognized early.

If you have already read my new book Extreme Weather Hits Home, Protecting Your Buildings From Climate Change, Thank you!

If you haven’t read my book I would encourage you to purchase it from your local bookseller or on-line retailer.

My Extreme Weather Hits Home Blog is at www.jbanta.wordpress.com

Please let me know your thoughts and tell your friends.

Thank you

John Banta


By the way – in the interest of disclosure – I have not received any compensation for any of the products listed on this blog. I haven’t evaluated them personally unless I tell you otherwise. I make my living as an environmental consultant working for the Sacramento firm Restoration Consultants and do get royalty checks from my publisher when someone purchases one of my books. 

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  1. Dear John – thank you for posting my comment – we approved your trackback also, today.

    If there is anything we can do to provide information to you or your readers, please let us know – there are quite a few downloads that are on topic – lead in fibers, crumb rubber studies and a whole host of wonderful examples of how we use artificial grasses as solutions in and outdoors …

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    All the best

    Comment by ASGi — August 27, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

  2. How and where can I find a Retrofit kits to convert my on-demand water heater from a pilot light to electronic ignition?

    September 5, 2008
    Hello Vlad – thanks for your question. I am not aware of a generic kit for retrofitting on-demand water heaters. I would suggest you contact the manufacturer of your particular system and ask them what is available. – John Banta

    Comment by Vlad Walter — September 5, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

  3. This looks like a wonderfully informative website to me. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by jazzroc — May 1, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

  4. Congrats on the Book!

    I made sure to contribute a link on my blog back to you.

    All the best!


    Comment by Jacob @ Safe and Dry Blog — November 11, 2009 @ 1:02 pm

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