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NoCo Rebuilding Network Helps Fire Victims

Wednesday, August 22, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Catharine Lurie
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In the wake of the High Park Fire which destroyed 259 homes, the NoCo Rebuilding Network (NCRN) has sprung into action to help people rebuild.  By providing access to materials, volunteers, financial support, local expertise, and sustainable best practices NCRN hopes to help people live better and safer.

NCRN was created in the spring of 2011, after the Crystal Fire destroyed 13 homes, as a collection of resources that can help people rebuild after a disaster.  

Founders of NCRN never thought that their small non-profit would be such an important part of the lives of so many within 18 months of its founding.

As a local non-profit, NCRN is raising funds which they will distribute as grants to survivors of the High Park Fire who have lost their primary residence.  Local businesses and non-profits have joined in with NCRN providing office space, computers, and direct financial sponsorship.   NCRN hopes other communities in the mountain west can adopt this model of helping rebuild after a disaster. 

Mission: To promote and enable locally sustainable rebuilding in response to a disaster.

Vision: For those who have lost their home in a disaster and choose to rebuild in our community, we hope to provide access to materials, volunteers, financial support, local expertise, and sustainable best practices. We envision greater alignment between the built and natural environment while providing a model for other communities across the country.

General Information: NoCo Rebuilding Network (NCRN) is our local community. We are firefighters, builders, architects, local businesses residents, and other community members. We believe in the collective talent and wisdom of our community. To us, sustainability simply means that homes meet the owner’s needs; homes are built to last, that the construction of these homes takes into account potential disasters in the local area, and that these homes are more energy efficient.

NCRN has 3 areas of focus:

1. Grant Program- 100% of the money we raise goes directly to residents who choose to rebuild in Larimer County after a disaster. The grant program is weighted to encourage the use of sustainable technologies and techniques during their rebuild efforts.

2. Network of Building Professionals and Building Information- NCRN has brought together a large number of local architects, contractors, carpenters, masons, solar installers, green building consultants and other building professionals all interested in helping home owners rebuild. Members of our network work hard to build homes that earn their keep by minimizing the amount owners have to spend each month and maximize the value of each dollar spent during the rebuild process. NCRN facilitates information exchange among building professionals to help attain a higher level of building then would be possible as individuals. Additionally NCRN tries to accumulate best practice building information for homeowners to allow them a greater range of choices.

3. Network of Corporate and Non-Profit Sponsors- NCRN has established partners with local businesses that are interested in helping families rebuild their homes. These businesses provide access to social networks that allow us to distribute and incentivize building suppliers and wholesalers to offer discounts to the recovery effort. Additionally these businesses provide resources like office space, administrative help, event sponsorship and direct corporate donations. New Belgium Brewing Company, Otter Box, Neenan, RB&B, CSU Center for Built Environment, and Mother Love Herbals are examples of some of the businesses in our corporate network.

Helping People build better allows people to live better and provides long lasting benefits for our community.

High Park Fire Rebuilding Information and Efforts: Between June 9 and July 30 2012, 259 residents lost their homes as a result of the High Park Fire. Additional homes may be lost as some parts of the burn area have a high potential for mudslides and flooding. Currently, many survivors are in the cleanup stage of the recovery efforts.

We anticipate approximately 30%- 40% of the families that lost their homes may choose to rebuild in Larimer county. NCRN aims to provide direct grants between $5000 and $15,000. Our fundraising goal is $1,000,000.

NCRN is currently considering the following projects for funding. The following example projects include but are not limited to:

· Renewable Energy

o Active Solar Installation

o Wind Power

· FireWise and Shelter in Place Technologies

o Fire Resistant Shutters

o Fire and Flood Mitigation

o Fire Resistant Material Construction

· Low Energy Cooling and Heating Systems and High Performance Building Envelopes

o Passive Solar Design

o High Performance Window installations

o Radiant Floor Heating

o Advance Insulation Techniques and Technologies

· Indoor Air Quality

o Formaldehyde Free Materials

o Low and no VOC Adhesives, Paints and Finishes

· Energy Efficient Lighting

o LED lighting technologies

o Lighting Automation to reduce consumption

· Material Resource Efficiency

o Design for Minimal Waste

o SIP Panel Construction

o Metal Roofing

o Advanced Framing Technology and Methodology

· Resource Conservation

o Water Conversation

o Low Water and Fire Resistant Landscapes

o Local Material Sourcing

Checks can be made to Sustainable Living Association (memo: NoCo Rebuilding Network) and mailed to PO Box 587 Fort Collins, Co 80522. The Sustainable Living Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Fort Collins, Colorado, is the fiscal sponsor of The NoCo Rebuilding Network.

For More Information Please Contact:

Phil Benstein



NoCo Rebuilding Network

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