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Consideration for Building Net-Zero Homes Today in California should Only Be After Building Wild Fire Resilient Now

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Consideration for Building Net-Zero Homes Today in California should Only Be After Building Wild Fire Resilient Now

December 6, 2018 by Steve Conboy

Presidents have to put safety first

During Governor Brown’s Global Summit in San Francisco this summer California was on fire. Adding more solar and wind farms has to take a back seat to making American Homes safer and resilient to wild fires. Building carbon neutral homes was the focus of the SF Global Summit and until we address putting wild fires out faster it would be like building homes on dirt without the foundation. We are all hoping the new California Governor puts a high priority on defending homes instead of more solar and wind farms first. We must retro fit, all the California homes that are just as vulnerable to those we lost under Browns watch. Building green homes in Napa requires a combination of abiding by national standards, learning about the local natural environment and being aware of how light and heat change over the course of a day in Napa Valley.

California wildfires' carbon emissions equal to a year of power pollution The analysis "shows just how bad catastrophic fires are for the environment and for the public's health," U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said. SAN FRANCISCO — "Wildfires in California, in 2018, released the rough equivalent of about 68 million tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide — about the same amount of carbon emissions as are produced in a year to provide electricity to the state, U.S". Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said.

The carbon dioxide figure — based on data analyzed by the U.S. Geological Survey — is more than 15 percent of all emissions produced by California in a year, according to Zinke.

"We know that wildfires can be deadly and cost billions of dollars, but this analysis from the U.S. Geological Survey also shows just how bad catastrophic fires are for the environment and for the public's health," Zinke said in a statement.

Applied Fire Science Lowers Loss.

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