Property Damage & Disaster Restoration Blog: Long Island & New York City

Help the USGBC-LI Save Long Island Jobs

Posted on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 @ 09:20 AM
usgbc-li,long island,pace,pace assessment protection act,jobs,save long island jobs,green building,u.s. green building council long island chapterDear Business Owner,

We would like to take this opportunity to ask you to help the USGBC-LI support the PACE Assessment Protection Act. The first PACE program in the nation designed to address energy efficiency was founded right here in Babylon , Long Island in 2008. These programs are expanding businesses, creating jobs, saving energy, eliminating tons of carbon dioxide emissions and helping our fellow homeowners across the country.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) finance programs are a local government solution that helps home and business owners finance energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements.  By providing owners with long-term financing options that are repaid through an assessment on property taxes, PACE provides financial security for home and business owners, creates jobs in the home improvement industry, and boosts manufacturing of clean and efficient technologies and products.

PACE has tremendous potential to create tens of thousands of local jobs, cut energy bills, reduce mortgage default risk, and dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by spurring investment in clean energy improvements.

The U.S. Green Building Council - Long Island Chapter has created a page on our website for the PACE Assessment Protection Act where we posted a copy of the letter from the U.S. Green Building Council. At the bottom is a simple form where the USGBC-LI is collecting "signatures" from companies all over the country. We would like to ask business owners or representatives to visit the page and signup their business to the list on the USGBC-LI website. Also we would ask if you would please forward this email to all your contacts and friends who would be in position to sign the form. Considering that the PACE program, through the Long Island Green Homes Project, started on Long Island we are asking for your help to make the USGBC-LI the leaders throughout the Nation in garnering the much needed support from all our friends on Long Island and across the country. This affects all Americans. Time is of the essence. This campaign ends on August 25th, 2010 (the day after the USGBC-LI Clam Bake).
  • Green building will support 7.9 million U.S. jobs and pump $554 million into the American economy over the next few years (2009-2013)
  • Buildings represent 38.9% of U.S. primary energy use (includes fuel input for production)
  • Buildings are one of the heaviest consumers of natural resources and account for a significant portion of the greenhouse gas emissions that affect climate change. In the U.S., buildings account for 38% of all CO2 emissions
  • Buildings represent 72% of U.S electricity consumption
  • Buildings use 13.6% of all potable water, or 15 trillion gallons per year
  • Buildings use 40% of raw materials globally (3 billion tons annually)
  • The EPA estimates that 170 Million tons of building-related construction and demolition (C&D) debris was generated in the U.S. in 2003, with 61% coming from nonresidential and 39% from residential sources


How to "Sign-On":
Businesses do not need to sign a hard copy or provide a signature. The support is being collected electronically, so they can simply go to USGBC-LI website to read the letter and fill out their company name and address or (less preferable choice) email [email protected] with their company name and address if they would like their business to be represented on the letter. They only need to send their business name and address which will indicate their willingness to sign onto the letter - that's it!

There is a section at the bottom of the on-line form that asks where/how you found out about this important initiative. Please be sure and ask that this also be filled out - ex. from a USGBC-LI email, or I was asked by someone from one of the USGBC-LI committees, or through an organization, or I was asked by "John Doe of xyz", etc. It will be very helpful to us in the future.

Note: we need business names, not names of any individuals.

What's Next?
USGBC national will then compile all of the businesses from around the country and put them all on one letter that will be sent to Congress in September. We will post that letter on the USGBC-LI website in September.

If you are a business owner please do NOT send the letters yourself - this is a group letter being compiled atUSGBC headquarters.

Thank you for showing your support. Please do not hesitate to contact the USGBC-LI for further information.



631-GREEN-LI

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Here In 'No Man's Land' (a.k.a. Long Island)

Posted on Fri, May 28, 2010 @ 01:11 AM
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The first time I heard Billy Joel’s No Man’s Land off his River of Dreams album, I was seventeen years old. It was very early in the morning on my way to football practice the summer before my senior year of high school. It struck a chord in me that his song about one of the loves of his life was so “un-illuminated.” He really does not paint a pretty picture of Long Island with his lyrics. Backed up by very heavy drums and an almost unfinished synthesizer, it was the first song on the new album I had been waiting four years to hear. I didn’t exactly understand why he would choose to kick off four years of silence with such an angry song about an object of his affection.

A few months later was I able to hear him play that song live at the Nassau Coliseum on New Year’s Eve 1993. Billy kicked off the concert that night with it. It sounded amazing. His songs always sound better live.  But still, I did not understand the dark images he was portraying to his audience. That was over 16 years ago.

I have been an avid Billy Joel fan since as far back as I can remember. On my 8thbirthday my parents gave me the greatest gift I have ever received - tickets to his concert on my birthday. Since then I have consumed his music, much to the ribbing of my friends, family and co-workers. I probably have 30+ Gigs of just his music on my portable hard drive.  Even though I ate his music and memorized all the words, it was not until my early twenties that I shed my cocoon and fully understood his lyrics. I finally realized that they were not just words to go in rhythm with his piano. He was actually saying something. Still to this day, probably the greatest thing any fan of a band or musician can say is that, it feels like he is speaking directly to me.

I bring up this song for this post for a reason. I heard it today for the first time in a while, and it made me think about all the times I’ve listened to it before. In my opinion, as a whole, Long Island is still the same place Billy Joel was screaming about almost 17 years ago. Really to me, not much has changed. The skies over the Island are is still clouded with uncertainty. Go through the lyrics with me, they could just have very easily been written yesterday.

I’ve seen those big machines come rolling through the quiet pines
Blue suits and bankers with their Volvos and their valentines
Give us this day our daily discount outlet merchandise
Raise up a multiplex, and we will make a sacrifice
Now we’re gonna get the big business
Now we’re gonna get the real thing
Everybody’s all excited about it

We have turned into a society of gluttonous, combative “consumer-holics”, sliced up into a million demographics by the mainstream media and government agencies for their own profiteering. The “blue suits and bankers” have taken us down a slippery road of economic turmoil our country hasn’t seen in 70 years.  Our financial system epitomizes the “Needs of the Few Are Greater Than the Needs of the Many” idealism which has become prevalent in our society. And I’m ashamed to say, I was probably leading the gluttonous charge on a few nights, as we all have at some point or another I’m sure. New York’s government is Ineptitude’s Poster Boy. Everyone wants their way, just because it is their way, and nothing gets accomplished. Hopefully Billy Joel’s song Miami 2017: Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway does not go down in the annals of history as a prophecy.

There ain’t much work out here in our consumer power base
No major industry, just miles and miles of parking space
This morning’s paper says our neighbor’s in a cocaine bust
Lots more to read about Lolita and suburban lust
Now we’re gonna get the whole story
Now we’re gonna be in prime time
Everybody’s all excited about it

You just have to change the line about the Lolita (Amy Fisher) for any of the Dina Lohans that have tried to make themselves famous through the tasteless medium of Fake Reality TV.

I see these children with their boredom and their vacant stares
God help us all if we’re to blame for their unanswered prayers
They roll the sidewalks up at night, this place goes underground
Thanks to the condo kings there’s cable now in Zombietown
Now we’re gonna get the closed circuit
Now we’re gonna get the Top 40
Now we’re gonna get the sports franchise
Now we’re gonna get the major attractions

Billy grew up on the streets of Long Island. His parents were divorced. He knows what it is like to be an easily influenced, Long Island youth. Just listen to his song Captain Jack. That should speak volumes. There is nothing to do at night if you are underage on Long Island. Nothing but movie theaters and street corners to mold these young minds if you wanted to venture away from the TV or internet for a few hours. Kids don’t even play outside in the street anymore. I think my friends and I were the last age group of kids that played outside without the need to be setup on a “Play Date.” We would leave our houses at 10:30am and didn’t return until 10pm. There were always 8-15 kids playing the popular seasonal sport out on the street in front of someone’s house…not anymore. When he wrote this song, his daughter was still young…young enough for him to be concerned with what it would be like for her growing up on the Long Island he was observing.  And all these years later, much doesn’t seem to have changed. Maybe that is why Billy Joel has not written an album of new material since the last one almost 17 years ago. Maybe he is tired of being the voice of Long Island, only to have his message fall on the deaf ears of people who are blinded by his “Rock Star” status and are only interested in the photo op.

The Refrain and ending of Billy Joel’s No Man’s Land goes like this…

Who remembers when it all began
Out here in no man’s land
Before the whole world was in our hands
Out here in no man’s land
Before the banners and the marching bands
Out here in no man’s land
Low supply and high demand
Here in no man’s land

That’s a good question. Who remembers when it all began? Well, I certainly don’t. My parents were still a few years from being born when Long Island became the first suburb of America after World War II. The members of ‘Our Greatest Generation’ that are still with us, will not be around for too much longer. Take the time to ask one next time you are in their company. But I’m sure it was a time that was filled with endless possibilities in their eyes. Before all the Pomp and Circumstance and giant shiny carrots, this was No Man’s Land, vast sprawls of potato fields surrounded by bright blue water. Having just faced down the greatest evil the world had ever known, that generation of Long Islanders reached for the stars and landed humans on the moon among many other great achievements.

When I heard Billy Joel’s No Man’s Land today, for the first time since I was fully able to comprehend what he was talking about, I do not share his opinion of a dark and “un-illuminated” Long Island. Yes, shades of gray still cover the Long Island skyline, but in all its turmoil, it has created a Long Island filled with endless possibilities. It has made some Long Islanders start to think outside the box. They believe in their hearts that there has to be a better way to do things then the way we have been going about our business. There is a select group of individuals and organizations that in their own way have started to shine their lights through the darkness to lead Long Island into a bright and sustainable future.

These individuals and organizations are vital to Long Island if we are going to pick ourselves up and lead the charge into the 21st Century. Their work already has been instrumental in the progress Long Island has made into a greener economy. To me, Green = Smart. It’s also the first movement to promote the “Needs of the Many Are Greater Than the Needs of the Few” idealism that must become our mantra if we are to be an example for the rest of the country to follow. It is the first movement that is taking a look at what we have become, the damage we are on pace to dump on our children’s laps, and the first to realize that somewhere along the line, we are going to have to pay the price.

I would like to let everyone else know what I have seen over the last few years that has given me hope, hope that we are not really like the MTV-style society that we have become. This is the next Greatest Generation of Long Islanders who are poised to lead our region down the path to sustainability and be a model for the rest of the country and future generations of Long Islanders to follow.  

Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone - Steve is the Founder and President ofThe Babylon Project, and he helped create the Town of Babylon’s nationally recognized Long Island Green Homes Program.

Town of Babylon’s Sammy Chu - Board member for the Long Island Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-LI) - He also helped create Town of Babylon’s nationally recognized Long Island Green Homes Program.

Vince Capogna and the USGBC-LI Executive Board - Vince Capogna, President, and the U.S. Green Building Council Long Island Chapter’s Executive Board have been instrumental in leading the charge in the green building industry on Long Island. The USGBC LEED rating system is the premiere green building rating system in the country. The purpose of the Long Island Chapter of the US Green Building Council is to mirror and advance the core purpose of the US Green Building Council locally. It’s also to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

Sarah Lansdale, Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island - Sarah Lansdale was selected as Sustainable Long Island’s second Executive Director in September 2004. Under her leadership, the organization has engaged thousands of community leaders and elected officials to rethink, rebuild and renew communities across Long Island, resulting in tens of millions of dollars of investment, hundreds of units of housing, and dozens of new businesses.

Sarah serves on the Board of Directors of the Women Economic Developers, was appointed by the Governor to sit on the MTA Sustainability Commission, and was appointed by Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy to the Suffolk County Planning Commission. She co-produced an Emmy-nominated documentary Farming the Future: Farm Life on Long Island. Sarah is a 2006 graduate of the Energeia Partnership and was honored as a Community Leader by the 100 Black Men of Long Island and most recently by the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko - Supervisor Lesko, in only a short term in office, has become a champion for the future of Long Island and The Town of Brookhaven by creating The Town of Brookhaven Comprehensive Plan 2030 and just recently his launch of the “Blight into Light” initiative.

LIPA CEO Kevin Law - Here are just some of the amazing things Kevin has accomplished at the help of Long Island’s Power Authority.

·       LIPA CHIEF KEVIN LAW, TO UNVEIL NEW FEDERAL PLAN TO ALLOW LIPA TO REFINANCE BILLIONS IN DEBT – WOULD SAVE LI’ERS HUNDREDS ON THEIR ELECTRIC BILLS AND LOWER THEM BY 5 PERCENT

·       LIPA Applies for over $17 Million in Stimulus Funding For Renewable Energy Projects

·       LIPA and Smithtown Schools Announce Largest School Solar Project on Long Island

·       LIPA Proposes 2010 Operating & Capital Budget Which Stabilizes Rates in Volatile Energy Market and Expands Investment in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

·       LIPA Increases Funding for Renewables and Creates New Solar Thermal Program

·       LIPA CEO Kevin Law Announces $12.5 Million Award for Rte 110 “Smart Energy Corridor”

·       LIPA Approves the Largest Solar Energy Project in New York State

RELI - Renewable Energy Long Island - RELI is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization promoting clean, sustainable energy use and generation for Long Island. RELI seeks public participation in energy policy decisions to encourage energy efficiency, use of renewable energy sources, and protection of our environment, economy, and public health.

Ted Reiff, Founder/President of The ReUse People of America - The ReUse People (TRP) are relatively new to the Long Island Community and not many people have heard of TRP or Ted Reiff. His not-for-profit organization is the leading building deconstruction and building material reuse organization in the United States. Through their efforts, The ReUse People have diverted over 260,000 tons of valuable construction and demolition waste from fragile overburdened landfills back into our economy. He will teach us how our old buildings are a valuable resource for other Long Islanders. With Long Island’s having only 3 working landfills, Ted Reiff and The ReUse People will be a vital cog in the wheel that will shape the future of Long Island.

KIOLI - Keep It On Long Island - KIOLI is a catch phrase. It is an acronym to be more exact. It is a philosophy and a movement. It stands for Keep It On Long Island, but it means many things.

It means keeping our money here where it cannot be manipulated by treacherous Wall Street investments. It pleads with consumers to spend money in local businesses that are owned by local residents, businesses founded by investments made by Long Islanders that result in profits staying here and circulating through our economy. It is a movement that dreams of providing our children with affordable housing alternatives and productive, skilled employment. It is a notion whose time has come, and kioli.org is where it resides. 

Now I can see what these organizations and individuals are accomplishing, but that is only because I am looking. Their work has not cleared out all the darkness. There is still a long way to go. That will not happen until the rest of Long Island can start to see who the leaders of Long Island really are. I believe that if Billy Joel could see what I see, it would inspire him to break 17 years of silence and write a less ominous album of songs about the land we all love, our home, Long Island.

 

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My Response to Editorial on Town of Brookhaven's 'Blight into Light'

Posted on Thu, May 20, 2010 @ 05:11 PM

Dear Supervisor Mark Lesko,

I have just finished reading the Cablevision Editorial on your "Blight into Light" project for the Town of Brookhaven.  Let me commend you on a great idea and the amazing job you have done in only a short time in office.  I hope other town leaders follow you down the path of sustainability sooner rather than later.   

My only concern with your plan is what are you going to do with the old homes and buildings?  How are they going to be removed?  The "Blight into Light" project is great for the revitalization of these neighborhoods and the Long Island community but I feel there will be a blight on the "Blight into Light" projects if current demolition practices are used to remove the old structures from these communities. 

Traditional bulldozer style demolition hurts the very Long Island Community that you are trying to revitalize.  Buildings, like everything, have a life-cycle.  When a building is no longer fit for use and has to come down, does this happen just as all of its parts and components wear out?  Most old buildings have some systems and building materials with useful lives.  The trick is efficiently identifying the materials and getting them out of the building.  When redeveloping a Long Island property, it is difficult to see the old buildings as anything but obstacles.  Also, it is important to consider whether their contents and/or components may actually be resources that have net value.

Current demolition practices are not sustainable.  They are also not in the best interest of Long Island and our environment.  They hurt our community by over-burdening our already fragile landfills with valuable building materials that are not at the end of their life cycles just because the homes and buildings they make up are.  Those same building materials can benefit a fellow Long Islander who might not be able to afford brand new building materials. 

Building Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse on Long Island is the systematic dismantlement of building materials and building components, specifically for re-use, recycling, and waste management.  It differs from demolition where a site is cleared of its building materials by the most expedient means and a majority of the demolished materials are hauled to a landfill for disposal.  Building Deconstruction is new by name, but not by practice, as the recovery and reuse of building materials in order to build new structures is as old as buildings themselves.  Reuse of materials might be considered one of the "original" green building techniques, along with the use of local materials.  In the pre-industrial era, building material conservation was driven by the high intensity of the labor effort required to harvest and prepare them.  Reuse of materials provided an economic advantage. In the mid-to-late 20th century, the emergence of machine-made and mass-produced materials, chemically complicated materials, and the relatively low cost of oil allowed this basic idea of "waste not, want not" to fall from usage in the creation of the built environment. 

We live in a different world now.  The cost of oil is out of control and puts a heavy burden on some Long Island families who have to pay the increasing gas prices.  And there is no end in sight to our dependence on foreign oil.  Dumping fees are continually going to rise.  Especially as the number of landfills decrease because of capacity issues and remediation is needed on the sites that are still in use.  The reusable building materials from your "Blight into Light" projects could be worth a significant tax write-off when donated to a not-for-profit organization on Long Island like The ReUse People (TRP) and receive a tax-deductible receipt to help offset the overall cost of the "Blight to Light" projects.  These services are among the first steps in the green building process and provide a faster payback and better return-on-investment than any other product or service offered by the green building industry on Long Island.

The ReUse People and their Long Island TRP-Certified Building Deconstruction contractor, Advanced Restoration Corporation, aim is to recycle or reclaim for reuse up to 80% of the structure rather than dumping the materials into Long Island landfills for the next generation of Long Islanders to deal with.

I truly believe Sarah Lansdale, the Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island, when she said, "With the attention and focused resources provided by elected officials such as Supervisor Lesko, we can revitalize our communities and ensure that Long Island is prosperous and beautiful for generations to come."  Please Supervisor Lesko I implore you, don't leave a blight on the "Blight into Light" projects, choose building deconstruction and building material reuse over current demolition practices and help me turn it into a force for the sustainable development and future of Long Island. 

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Learn How EPA Lead Regulations Impacts New York Insurance Industry

Posted on Sun, May 16, 2010 @ 09:14 PM
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New York DKI Member Companies Host Seminars On How the New EPA Lead Regulations Will Impact the Insurance Industry on Long Island and New York City.

In April 2010, new rules on lead contamination developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) went into effect for contractors that disturb painted surfaces in buildings constructed prior to 1978. These Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RPR) regulations require all contractors to:

  • Become an EPA certified firm
  • Have certified lead renovators on staff
  • Check painted surfaces to determine if they contain lead
  • Utilize specific types of engineering controls, containments and work practices
  • Perform specific cleaning tasks, verification and test their work area

Unfortunately, these new EPA Lead Regulations will have a major impact on the Insurance Industry on Long Island and New York City.  Insurance Companies, Insurance Agents, Insurance Brokers, and Insurance Adjusters will all have to adjust to the new regulations that are now required of restoration contractors on property damage claims in structures built before 1979.

Please visit New York DKI Member Company Website for the Lead Seminars

Register In Advance.  Registration is Mandatory.

                                                On the Web:     http://www.dki.li/

                                                By Phone:         1-800-734-9947

                                                By Email:   [email protected]

Dates: Thursday June 17th, 2010 @ Westchester Hills Golf Club

           Friday June 18th, 2010 @ Brookville Country Club

Time:  Registration @ 8:30am

            Seminar @ 9am - 1pm

            Lunch @ 1pm - 2pm

Continental Breakfast and Snacks Served

 
New York DKI Member Companies are fully trained and certified to handle ALL lead issues that may arise on property damage claims. 
 
 
About New York DKI Member Companies – The New York Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) Member Companies sponsoring the seminars on the new EPA Lead Regulations service Long Island and New York City.
 
 

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Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) is a network of the leading, independent property damage restoration contractors across North America.  DKI member companies provide full service to their customers: Emergency response, water damage mitigation, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, returning damaged property to pre-loss condition fast and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to their consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.

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About Dr. Michael Pinto: CSP CMP CEO Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc.

dr. michael pinto wonder makers ceo,epa lead certified trainerWonder Makers Environmental, Inc., a manufacturing and environmental consulting firm that specializes in identification and control of asbestos, lead, IAQ, mold, industrial hygiene, and chemical problems. Mr. Pinto is the author of over 150 published articles and several books including, Fungal Contamination: A Comprehensive Guide for Remediation. He completed doctoral course work in environmental engineering and holds numerous certifications in the environmental and safety areas including Certified Safety Professional and Certified Mold Professional.

 

Dr. Michael Pinto Wins Restoration Industry Association’s (RIA) Martin L. King Award 
 
Given annually, the Martin L. King Award recognizes an individual's exceptional service and dedication to the restoration industry. Pinto was honored for his efforts as an industry instructor on a variety of environmental and restoration topics, his monthly column in Cleaning & Restoration magazine as well as articles in other industry publications, his innate ability to take complex issues and distill them down to their essential points, his unwavering efforts to consistently advocate for "doing things right," and for supporting the industry and practices that truly do "make it better" for everyone.
Martin King, CR, ASA, RIA's technical advisor and creator of the Certified RestorerSM program said, "In this instance, instead of honoring the recipient with this award, the award is honored by its recipient."
 

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Town of Babylon to Compete In Global Green Challenge

Posted on Sun, May 02, 2010 @ 03:28 PM

 

The town of Babylon, NY (a Long Island suburb of New York City) has been chosen to participate in a prestigious Global Green Competition organized by Sir Richard Branson.

The town is one of 15 municipalities worldwide chosen in the first wave the Carbon War Room’s Green Capital Global Challenge. The Carbon War Room is a non-profit organization aimed at identifying opportunities to cut costs and carbon emissions. It was co-founded by the Virgin Group’s Branson and six other entrepreneurs.

The challenge is a two-year program seeking to boost capital and resources into city-led efficiency initiatives. Babylon was chosen due to the popularity of its Long Island Green Homes program, which provides low-interest loans to town homeowners who wish to make their houses more energy efficient. The program has been used an example for other municipalities to follow.

Along with Babylon, participant cities include Atlanta; Burlington, Vt.; Charleston, S.C.; Chicago; Gainesville, Fla., New York City; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco, Washington, D.C.; Toronto; Vancouver, B.C., Canada; London; Birmingham, England; and Copenhagen, Denmark.

The competition is aimed at driving the cities to find ways to reduce energy costs, create green jobs and improve the quality of life for their residents.

“In this time of uncertainty around the ability to resolve our governments to lead the planet to low-carbon prosperity, it is up to businesses and cities to step up and assume responsibility,” Branson said in a statement. “Mayors are the entrepreneurs of the civic world who realize their pivotal role in the fight against climate change.”

The challenged kicked off at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and will run until the summer of 2012. Results will be announced then in London, home of the 2012 Summer Olympics. A second wave of cities will also be named by the end of this year.

Babylon town officials said they were psyched to be able to participate in a program along with such big cities like London, Copenhagen and New York City.

“Working with Carbon War Room, we will establish program discipline, uniform loan products and demand drivers that will result in unprecedented market penetration of energy efficiency,” Babylon Town Supervisor Steve Bellone said. “To be doing this in the company of larger cities, like our neighbor New York, will be a major game changer.”

by Michael H. Samuels LI Business News
Published: April 28, 2010

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Long Island After the Storms: Replacing Damaged Building Materials

Posted on Sun, Apr 25, 2010 @ 04:29 PM

 

We have received hundreds of calls from people all over Long Island telling us they had and in some cases still have, water in their basement due to groundwater.  As in most cases, it was not covered by their insurance company.  Which means you have either cleaned it up yourself or paid a company like Advanced Restoration Corporation to mitigate the water damage for you. 

The basement is now cleaned up and dried.  But that brings up the million dollar question......what do you do with the basement now?  If it was a finished basement that you used as living space and/or work space, how do you rebuild?  Or do you leave it unfinished now not wanting to take on the un-budgeted expense of the reconstruction in the off chance of having to go through it all over again if we are hit with another series of severe storms.  That is a choice every Long Island homeowner who was affected by these recent storms has to make.  For the sake of this blog, we are going to assume that you have decided to go through with the reconstruction. 

Let me start by stating that building materials can get wet.  Sheetrock, carpet, and paint are all made with water at some point during their production processes.  Usually after the materials are dried they are stronger and more durable than before they were wet.  Wood can get wet.  The lumber yards are exactly that.  Yards.  Giant lots of land used to store building materials before they are sold and used to construct homes and buildings.  They are not called lumber garages.    Chances are the studs that make up your house had been wet numerous times before the builder used them to frame your home. 

It is not a question of if something gets wet is it unsalvageable.  It is a question of how quickly you react when building materials do get wet. The faster the action the greater the chances of salvaging ALL the affected building materials.

There is something you can do that not many people have caught on to yet and none of the professionals on TV talk about just because they have yet to go through the experience of having their home saturated by water.  You can rebuild with building materials that can withstand an intrusion of water. 

Of course it is a bit more expensive to rebuild with this in mind and every homeowner is going to have see what works best for their budget and quality of life.  But here are some things to think about when rebuilding your basement:

Install ceramic tile as your flooring.  Carpet can get wet and be salvaged if dried timely and professionally, vinyl does not absorb the water but traps it underneath so that demolition is inevitable, the same with any type of wood flooring that would have to have a vapor barrier installed underneath  The best choice to finish a floor in a basement short of polishing the concrete is ceramic tile.  It is not a porous material so it does not absorb moisture and mold will not grow on the ceramic.  (Mold will grow on the dirt that is on the ceramic tile but will not start eating the tile away like it would on a porous material like sheetrock or carpet.)  And the grout allows the water vapor to escape from underneath the tile in the drying process.  Put an area rug on top of the tile that is much easier to remove and have cleaned that typical wall to wall carpeting.  

Do not use ANY vinyl.  I know vinyl makes it very easy to clean and keep on top off but it is the worst material (short of asbestos) to use as a finished building material.  Anything that vinyl covers that gets wet 99.9% of the time has to be removed.  Vinyl acts as a vapor barrier that traps the moisture behind it and does not allow the building materials to dry.  Which causes mold growth and usually increases the dollar value of the project.  Use standard wood base trim or carpet cove base.  They can both allow the walls to be dried in place or they both can be easily detached and reset once the drying process is over.

Use Concrete Board for the lower walls.  Do not install regular gypsum drywall on the lower walls.  Use concrete board that builders use in bathrooms to protect against moisture in the shower / tub areas.  They come in 4' x 8' sheets.  Just turn them on their side and install them on the lower 4' of the basement walls.  The great value of cement board is does not rot, warp, grow mold, or deteriorate, when subjected to water.

* If you decide that you are going to install standard drywall on the lower walls please make sure that the sheetrock is elevated 1/2" to 3/4" off the ground and is not sitting directly on the concrete.  If the drywall is resting directly on the concrete floor you will always have a transference of moisture from the concrete to to the dryer sheetrock which eventually will turn into a long term mold problem.  See the picture below. 


Use Only Flat Paint.  Any semi-gloss, high gloss or even eggshell finishes creates a vapor barrier that does not allow the materials behind it to dry naturally in the event of an intrusion.

Use American Clay Earth Plasters as your wall finishes American Clay Earth Plasters are a natural, environmentally friendly way to finish any interior. Non-toxic and made in the USA, these plasters are an alternative to cement, acrylic and lime plasters, offering superior color, richness, texture and depth not found with other finishes.  They also help control the inside ambient temperatures in the room(s0 it is installed on the walls.  They absorb excess moisture in the warmer months and release moisture n the environment during the colder dryer months.  This also gives it the ability to permit the drying of the building materials it is installed over.  

If you are in the Long Island and New York City areas and have any questions and/or need any assistance in dealing with your property damage claim please do not hesitate to contact Advanced Restoration Corporation.  We are Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) Member company.  DKI has over 150 member companies located throughout the United States.  Click here to find one in your area.

 

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The ReUse People (TRP), Long Island Building Deconstruction, and Advanced Restoration Corporation

Posted on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 @ 08:14 PM

Advanced Restoration Corporation is proud to partner with The Reuse People (TRP) on all our Building Deconstruction projects to make the Long Island Community the Leader in Building Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse in New York and throughout the country.

By partnering with us, The ReUse People are able to expand into the Long Island market to promote Building Deconstruction and the salvage and sale of reusable building materials while diverting construction and demolition (C&D) waste from our overburdened landfills.

These services are among the first steps in the green building process. Furthermore, tax-deductible donations of reusable materials to TRP, a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation, provide a faster payback and better return-on-investment than any other product or service offered by the green building industry on Long Island.

How The ReUse People (TRP) Started

The ReUse People (TRP) started in April, 1993, with a drive for building materials to help the flood victims in Tijuana, Mexico. The drive, Project Valle Verde, was planned and coordinated with the mayors of Tijuana and San Diego, the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, the County Board of Supervisors, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, Waste Management, and the Building Industry Association.
 
On April 23 and 24, contractors, other private companies, public agencies and the citizens of San Diego donated over 400 tons of building materials valued at $1.2 million. Twenty-seven tractor trailers crossed the border carrying this material in an unprecedented demonstration of bi-national cooperation and assistance.
 
The success of Project Valle Verde demonstrated the need for used building materials and the impact of this need on our already overused and over committed landfills.
 
The ReUse People started as Building Materials Distributors in San Diego in 1993 and, due to a name conflict with an existing corporation, the name was soon changed to The ReUse People.

Who Benefits from Our Partnership On Long Island?

  • All of us through a better environment on Long Island
  • Low income families who cannot afford to buy new building materials
  • Building deconstruction can also lead to the creation of new jobs and businesses
  • Building owners by virtue of tax donations
  • Architects, builders and contractors through better service to their clients
  • Reduced unemployment strengthens the Long Island economy directly as well as indirectly in areas such as retail sales and housing

While we obtain reusable building materials from a variety of sources, our own deconstruction efforts and those of over 30 TRP-Certified Deconstruction Contractors throughout the country contribute over 90 percent of them.
 
Whether you are an architect, general building contractor, building owner, or government agency on Long Island we stand ready to provide you with a package of benefits including:

  • Environmentally sound demolition (We like the words building deconstruction)
  • Building materials salvage
  • Advanced Restoration Corporation's skilled building deconstruction technicians
  • Tax donations for all the materials donated to The ReUse People (TRP)
  • Lower overall project costs
  • The assurance that someone, somewhere reuses the salvageable building materials generated from your project(s) on Long Island

 

The ReUse People (TRP) President - Ted Reiff

 

Prior to founding The ReUse People (TRP) in 1995, Ted Reiff was managing partner with an investment banking firm that provided financial services to young technology companies. Now, in addition to guiding TRP's national expansion program, he consults with private companies and government bodies on a variety of demolition and waste diversion projects. A graduate of Ohio State University and a licensed demolition contractor, Ted served three terms as board president of I Love a Clean San Diego and is an advisor to Urban Habitat Chicago.

 

The ReUse People (TRP) Long Island Regional Manager - Mike Yurish

Mike holds a B.S. degree in environmental science from SUNY Purchase, New York, and has been an amateur deconstructionist for some 20 years. He serves on the board of directors of the ReCONNstruction Center in New Britain, Connecticut, and is a licensed realtor and appraisal trainee in New Jersey. A resident of Connecticut, Mike currently works as a senior print technician for a major printing company.  

Advanced Restoration Corporation - Eric Martin

 

Eric Martin has been in the family business for over 16 years.  He is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Water Damage Mitigation and Advanced Structural Drying as well as holding his certification by the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) in Mold Remediation.  Eric has worked in New York City for 8 months after 9/11 cleaning up the building surrounding Ground Zero.  He also worked in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.    A Green Risk Professional from Vale Training Institute he is also a member of the Communications Committee from the U.S. Green Building Council's Long Island (USGBC-LI) chapter in charge of handling USGBC-LI's social media accounts.

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Advanced Restoration Corporation is proud to partner with The Reuse People (TRP) on all our Building Deconstruction projects to make the Long Island Community the Leader in Building Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse in New York and throughout the country.

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Do You Have Water or Wind Damage?

Posted on Sun, Mar 14, 2010 @ 10:31 PM

24 Hour Emergency Water Removal, tarping, and Cleanup Services

One of the worst things that can happen is having a pipe break or water heater malfunction that causes a water intrusion to flood your basement or saturate your home or office.  Advanced Restoration's Disaster and Emergency Response Time minimizes  damage that can be caused by a flood.  Our water extraction services have assisted many homes and business throughout Long Island and New York City.  We extract water due to:

Advanced Restoration Corporation  is a DKI Member Company

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Flooding Rains Will Soak New York, New Jersey and Long Island

Posted on Thu, Mar 11, 2010 @ 08:32 PM

March 11 (Bloomberg) -- A slow-moving storm will drop as much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain on New York City starting tonight and lasting until next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Manhattan is forecast to receive about 3.5 inches, while other parts of the city may get a half-inch more, said Joe Pollina, a weather service meteorologist in Upton, New York.

"We do expect some urban flooding," Pollina said by telephone. "The city and parts of Long Island could see ponding on roadways, with roads closed due to flooding."

Flood watches and warnings extend from Long Island to Indiana, according to the weather service. Rivers and streams across the region, including Connecticut, the lower Hudson River valley and New Jersey, could swell their banks, Pollina said.

"It just seems to be a rather slow-moving storm," Pollina said. "It is just hanging around. Rain will start tonight, continuing through Sunday and we even have showers forecast through Monday. It doesn't dry out until Tuesday."

--Editors: Charlotte Porter, David Marino

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at [email protected]

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at [email protected]

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New York: Being Prepared for the Unexpected!

Posted on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 @ 02:52 PM


Emergency Preparedness 
Emergency preparedness is no longer the sole concern of earthquake prone Californians and those who live in the part of the country known as "Tornado Alley." For Americans, preparedness must now account for man-made disasters as well as natural ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.  Heavy snow is expected to hit the Northeast today. 

Blizzards, heavy snow, freezing rain and sub-zero temperatures hit hard and frequently across the state. Even if you think you are safe and warm at home, a winter storm can become dangerous if the power is cut off. With a little planning, you can protect yourself and your family from the many hazards of winter weather, both at home and on the road.

BE AWARE OF THE FORECAST

  • Winter weather advisory. Formerly called a "travelers' advisory," this alert may be issued by the National Weather Service for a variety of severe conditions. Weather advisories may be announced for snow, blowing and drifting snow, freezing drizzle, freezing rain (when less than ice storm conditions are expected), or a combination of weather events.
  • Winter storm watch. Severe winter weather conditions may affect your area (freezing rain, sleet or heavy snow may occur either separately or in combination).
  • Winter storm warning. Severe winter weather conditions are imminent.
  • Freezing rain or freezing drizzle. Rain or drizzle is likely to freeze upon impact, resulting in a coating of ice glaze on roads and all other exposed objects.
  • Sleet. Small particles of ice, usually mixed with rain. If enough sleet accumulates on the ground, it makes travel hazardous.
  • Blizzard warning. Sustained wind speeds of at least 35 miles per hour are accompanied by considerable falling and/or blowing snow. This is the most perilous winter storm, with visibility dangerously restricted.
  • Wind chill. A strong wind combined with a temperature slightly below freezing can have the same chilling effect as a temperature nearly 50 degrees lower in a calm atmosphere. The combined cooling power of the wind and temperature on exposed flesh is called the wind-chill factor.

BE PREPARED AT HOME

  • Keep a battery-powered radio and flashlights in working order; stock extra batteries.
  • Store food that can be prepared without an electric or gas stove.
  • Stock emergency water and cooking supplies.
  • Have candles and matches available in case of a power outage.
  • Have sufficient heating fuel; regular fuel sources may be cut off.
  • Have some kind of emergency heating equipment and fuel (a kerosene heater, a gas fireplace or wood-burning stove or fireplace) so you can keep at least one room of your house warm if power is cut off. (See the fact sheet "Staying Warm in an Unheated House.")

RIDING OUT A STORM AT HOME

If you are isolated at home, listen to the radio or television for updates on weather conditions. Conserve fuel by keeping your house cooler than usual and by temporarily "closing off" heat to some rooms. When emergency heating methods must be used, maintain adequate ventilation to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. (See the fact sheet, "Staying Warm in an Unheated House.")

Dress accordingly. Layer your clothing; many layers of thin clothing are warmer than single layers of thick clothing. If you need to go outdoors or the heat is off indoors, wear mittens; they are warmer than gloves. Wear a hat; most body heat is lost through the top of the head. Cover your mouth with scarves to protect your lungs from directly inhaling extremely cold air.

If shoveling snow isn't critical, don't do it. If you must shovel snow, take your time and lift small amounts. Over-exertion can bring on a heart attack - a major cause of death during and after winter storms.

Stay safe and stay warm!

Related Article:  Ice Dams and Your Home

Source: NASD

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