Thursday, January 21, 2010
Build Green Today, Be a Bio-Hazerd Tomorrow, We need Building Code Reform
What is it going to take for my voice to be heard, for the voice's of the needlessly killed victims of natural disasters to be heard? Dose not the survivors of these victims want to be heard, for it is you I am fighting for! Whole family are being wiped off the face of the earth do to the dilemma of insufficient construction design of buildings!
Now we have to see the aftermath of another natural disasters in Haiti and the toll it has taken on a country, a city, a people, and the generations of families lost in Haiti. It seems no different then New Orleans here in the US, when it comes to death toll and devastation. And just like New Orleans, it is do to the leaders/stewards of these lands not heeding the warning of past experiences, or you could say the Natural Disaster Environmental History (N.D.E.H) of the land they govern over. Because of this, the strain on our worlds natural resources and environment is worsened, with relief efforts, the construction material to rebuild, and the ecological damage as well as the annihilation of a community of humans, animals, and insects as will as fish, birds and plants.
Our planet has never been asleep, and she is do to stretch her arms here soon according to some. We can no longer afford to build against nature, for we will never win! Resistance is futile!
Wait one minute,look at the word Resistance. Everything we build must be wind resistance, water resistance and so on. Now if you look up the meaning of the word resistance you will find that all of them deal in conflict (witch by the way, is one of said definitions), do we really want War? We must learn to build to flow with nature not resist it, for it is a battle we will never win! Are the mistakes of the many worth the lives of the few? For it has been far to many!
The corporate world and government leaders are our executioners, for they only care about money and power, not the earth or her people.
Throughout my years in construction, I have found that the Architectural, Construction, and Lumber/Hardware industry, are nothing more then ambulance chasers, feeding off the misfortunes of others. And let us not forget their bedfellows, the U.B.C. (United Building Codes), I.B.C. (International Building Codes), and Local City, County and State Codes, whom have not made any real change in code to preserve or protect the people, land, animals or resources they govern over.
On Wednesday Jan. 20th 2010, I was listening to a Bioneers broadcast on KYRS Thinair radio here in Spokane WA and heard a lecture by Paul Hawken, about saving the earth, and how we can all do our part. Now I have nothing against Paul Hawken or the Bioneers, yet I can not help to ask were is their creams of outrage when it comes to the needless death and destruction do to inadequate building design based on no code reforms. Most of all, were dose the Insurance Companies stand in all this, for it has brought on a rise in all insurance cost across the board. To the point people can't afford to pay so for it, so now our government is trying to take it over too! And this whole time it is their inability to act that has brought us here.
Am I the only one calling out for change? Am I the only one that feels the folks in charge of codes should be held accountable for their inability to act on the planets or our behalf? In ancient Egypt, if someone died do to your choppy construction methods, you were put to death. This is not saying we need to kill anyone (for far to many have died already), but someone should be held accountable and pay for the death and destruction left behind by their inaction!
In-closing, like I have said before, “Why build green, if the structure you build will be a bio-hazard tomorrow!” Furthermore, if the material you use to build green, pollutes the earth in order to make them, why use them? Sometimes two rights can make a wrong, this is one of them! To truly Build Green we must learn to "Build to flow with nature not resist it!"