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Extreme Weather Hits Home, Protecting Your Buildings From Climate Change  

Greetings and welcome to my blog. I hope you will find the information at this site helpful and interesting.

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. 

For the last 20 years I have worked as an indoor environmental quality consultant. I focus on buildings. My original focus was 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.  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. It’s not the favorite part of my work. I would much rather there were no pain and suffering – but that isn’t the way our planet is today. Scientists are telling us that these catastrophic events are increasing in intensity, duration, or frequency due to climate change.

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, you will find this blog information supplements the book.

If you haven’t read my book I would encourage you to purchase it from your local bookseller or on-line retailer. To buy from Amazon – click here: Extreme Weather Hits Home

The menu bar on the left lists a variety of information. For example – under the category “expansive soils” you can view a color map of the United States showing areas with a high potential for this type of clay soil problem. On the radio interview page are several posted recorded radio interviews about how climate change can adversely affect our buildings.

Each state has a listing of specific issues.

So browse around, let me know what you think – and let your friends know about my book.

Thank you

John Banta

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