Billion-dollar disasters such as wildfires, floods, hurricanes, and severe storms have struck with increasing frequency in recent decades. While homeowners may feel powerless against the forces of nature, there is much that can be done to build and rebuild with disaster resilience in mind to decrease the devastating effects of severe weather events. Armed with building science, builders, remodelers, and Raters all have a role to play in encouraging more disaster-resilient construction. In this session, Scott and Dan will look at what is available in terms of resources for disaster resistance from federal, regional, industry, and utility programs. Dan will discuss general wildfire resilience strategies and point to resources from the State of Oregon, the Building America Solution Center, HUD, and others. Scott will then discuss the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Wildfire Rebuild incentive program and how it coordinates with state agency incentives. Together, our presenters will engage the audience in what builders and trades can do to protect existing homes and ensure that rebuilt homes maximize both resiliency and energy efficiency.
As we think about the homes of tomorrow, we need to be aware of and connected to the strategies that help ensure that our new homes and rebuilds will last 75 to 150 years. This includes considerations for natural disasters such as wildfires.