We are thrilled to announce our Dirt to Drapes Educational Series.
Join local builders, architects, designers and tradespeople for an interesting and informative educational series on rebuilding after a fire. Meetings and panel discussions are held with local professionals and officials focused on questions residents may have pertaining to the rebuilding process. Meetings will be held every other Wednesday and are FREE and open to the public!
Where: Bellvue Grange
2929 North County Road 23
Bellvue, CO 80512
For more information contact Phil Benstein at email@example.com.
The upcoming meetings are as follows:
5/8 Insulation, Air Sealing, and Ventilation for a Healthy and Comfortable Home
This discussion will cover different insulation techniques and materials, air sealing strategies, and ventilation options. Join us for an informative discussion on better building practices.
5/22 How to Keep Construction Running Smoothly & Properly
As with anything there can be hiccups, hear what to do when there are problems, how to keep your project moving and tips on best construction practices.
6/5 Rebuilding Communities
Come discuss and envision how we rebuild our communities in the aftermath of the fire.
10/10 Should we rebuild or not?
Panel discussion with people who have rebuilt after previous disasters and people currently underway with the rebuilding process – look at pros & cons.
10/17 Assessing What is Left
Evaluating existing foundations, septic systems, wells, power systems & trees – expert presentation from each of these areas discussing what to look for and how to get further advice/assessment.
10/24 How Do We Get Ready for the Design Process?
What can we do ourselves? Determining our needs, learning our preferences and more.
11/7 What Approach Should We Use for Design & Construction?
Panel discussion on what type of design professionals to involve, when to involve a contractor and various process approaches.
11/14 Create a Thriving Place-Restore Your Environment with Your New Home
Institute for Built Environment (IBE) will introduce a process that homeowners can apply to better fit homes in their environment. This process helps people to see interconnections and potential solutions.
11/28 Where to Build on Your Site – Things to Consider
Discussion of the site planning process. Understanding & obtaining necessary property information & how to apply it.
12/5 Creating a Healthy & Happy Home
Learn strategies for selecting healthy materials, achieving a high level of home indoor air quality and for creating a happy home.
12/19 What to Think About When Building in a Fire Zone
We live in a fire zone – there is no way to ensure there will not be another fire but you can rebuild in a way that helps to protect your house should another fire come along. Come to this session to learn more about these techniques and little things you can do that make a huge
1/2 Save Money From Now On When You Build an Energy Efficient Home
Join us for a collaborative discussion on a variety of approaches to building more energy efficient homes. Learn about straw bale building, Passive House construction techniques, SIPS (structurally insulated panels), and advanced and alternative framing techniques.
1/16 Overview of Alternative Energy Systems
Listen to experts discuss passive solar, active solar, wind, geothermal & other alternative options for generating energy on your home site.
1/30 We Need Help with Insurance, Tax, & Legal Matters
Get a basic understanding of these complicated matters and learn how to get help.This session canceled as there was another workshop on a similar topic scheduled for the same night:
*** IRS Federal Tax Workshop for Fire Survivors and Tax Professionals ***
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Hearing Room, Larimer County Courthouse Offices Bldg. 1st Floor
200 West Oak Street, Fort Collins, CO
2/13 Navigating the Larimer County Building Permit Process
Understanding the building permit process can save time, money and frustration. Hear Larimer County staff explain the process and offer tips to smoothly navigate through it, as well as how to get a building permit fee reduction.
2/27 Fire Smart Building Material Choices
Making the right choices in building materials can lead to safer, stronger, and smarter homes. Listen to material vendors present options.
3/13 Learn How to Read Building Plans & What to Look for in a Quality Set of Drawings
Plans are what communicate your desires to your builder. Understanding them helps empower you in working with building professionals and helps you avoid potential pitfalls.
3/27 How To Hire a Builder (or Not) and Get Started with Construction
Hiring the contractor that best suits your needs is critical. Listen to a discussion on hiring a general contractor or doing it yourself, contract approaches, and getting started.
4/10 What Does it Cost to Build a Home?
This is a complex question to answer. Come listen to contractors explain the many variables and offer general information on construction costs. Also get advise on construction contracts.
4/24 How Do We Landscape Our Property & Deal With Erosion & Flood Control?
Listen to experts provide tips & tricks you can use to beautify and protect your property.