A Case for Resiliency & Associated Life Safety Concerns

Amidst the recent devastation in Texas, there have been many deaths reported in Texas from carbon monoxide poisoning due to people heating their homes with combustion appliances inside the home (e.g., people using outdoor cooking grills or vehicles inside the home for heat). This tragic example of how homes may be used in catastrophic times highlights the need for electric homes to still have CO monitors in case auxiliary heat is introduced.   Residential building code (IRC) only requires smoke alarms, versus both carbon…
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Building Resiliency in our Housing Stock

Building resiliency is the ability to reduce the magnitude or duration of disruptive events for a building’s occupants. The concept of resiliency, at least in our state, was brought to the forefront following the devastation of Superstorm Storm Sandy in 2012. In the following days, months and years our state has considered ways to increase…
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