1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

April 7, 2008

:098 Durable Buildings

Filed under: :098 Durable Homes — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 5:22 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:098 EcoTip: The durability of our home is important for conserving resources. Constructing disposable buildings using cheap construction materials and techniques loads our landfills with waste and taxes our resources.

banta1.jpg Photo Credit: NOAA

Tomorrow I begin to talk about a major weak point in modern construction. 

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Additional Information

This is the first of a series of 1:5:10:365 EcoTips taken from a chapter in my new book about protecting our homes titled – Extreme Weather Hits Home.

The following is excerpted from my new book Extreme Weather Hits Home.

“Home builders used to construct buildings that would last for a long time. For example, when I visited England to teach a class about mold remediation I was able to take some time to tour northern England. During the trip it quickly became apparent that craftsmen in England knew how to build for longevity. One town, named Kirkwhelpington, stands just a short distance from the Scottish border. It is a small village made up of stone masonry structures. The oldest buildings in town were the church and the vicarage, which were probably completed in the early 1200s. Today both buildings are fully functional and will probably be around long after most of the buildings that are currently built in North America have turned to rubble. Most of the town was made up of buildings that were over a century old. These buildings had a character and age that deserved veneration. Repeatedly, I heard owners express with pride the attitude that when they moved into one of these historical buildings they were gladly accepting the role of a short-term caretaker and guardian for a building that would be around much longer than the people that inhabited them.”

Extreme Weather Hits Home, Protecting Your Buildings From Climate Change

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