EDUCATION AND EVENTS
We consistently produce and host educational events and workshops for property owners as well as design and construction professionals. These events are designed to explain and elaborate on the trends and importance of building resilient and sustainable properties.
Resiliency through Education and Design Centers
We developed the REDC model as a three-day clinic hosted in communities affected by disaster. The clinic has three stages. First, we solicit local design professionals to donate their time. The second phase pairs design professionals with local residents. The clinic offers free consultations to all attendees, providing guidance on how to dive into the design process. The final phase is funded through grant assistance. We use a scorecard to choose the residents that are most vulnerable. They receive gap funding and professional assistance. We manage this process and oversee all players through design and construction. We have hosted this clinic in Seaside Heights, NJ and a version in the Rockaways and Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Sandy recovery through education forum
This educational event brings together recovery experts to a single setting and provides attendees with a wide breadth of knowledge and information. Focusing predominantly on short and long term recovery needs for the single-family homeowner, the presenters speak to topics including: mental health, knowing your legal rights post-disaster, challenging your property taxes post-disaster, options of financing your recovery, how to manage your finances post-disaster, contractor fraud, the relationship between the homeowner, design professional, contractor, and recovery organization, universal design, and the importance of resilience and sustainability.
Moving Forward and Upward
You have accepted help from the government agency, now what? This education forum walks the property owner down the path of completing their recovery from the time they walk out of the disaster recovery center. It discusses how to select a design professional, a contractor, managing your finances, expectations, and specific programs available to the property owner from the jurisdiction.
home elevation & accessibility workshops
Many homeowners are trying to address issues of accessibility when elevating their home. At these workshops, design professionals and disability experts offer guidance on removing obstacles that hinder accessibility when a home is elevated. Discussion topics include program compliance, policies and documentation, accessibility and legal rights, design solutions, equipment and construction, and how to plan for future accommodations.