Arthur Dawson and his wife, Jill, think green. They have an electric car and do what they can to be environmentally friendly. When they started thinking about rebuilding their Glen Ellen home after the 2017 wildfires, they thought about all the sustainable options and incorporated as many as they could to make their new home energy efficient.
Residents who lost their homes in the fires don’t have a choice in selecting some building materials such as higher-rated insulation and dual-paned windows because they are required under stricter California building codes. There are, however, decisions fire survivors such as the Dawsons have that can make a big difference in the energy efficiency of their new houses.
‘Green’ building and energy efficiency keys parts of rebuilding for some in Sonoma Valley, by Anne Ward Ernst, The Press Democrat, April 26, 2019.