North Coast postfire rebuilding…

from the North Bay Business Journal


Some local architects have been frustrated by talk about mass rebuilding based on pre-existing house plans and community design. Now, they are making a public pitch to affected homeowners to consider a greener path to restoration.

On Feb. 23 at the Santa Rosa Veterans’ Hall is set to be the free-admission Rebuild Green Expo. It’s organized by the Rebuild Green Coalition, a group of building professionals specializing in green and sustainable methods and materials that formed late last year.

“Mostly, it’s about showing people that green and sustainable approaches are not only viable and affordable, they are also healthier and offer better resilience for communities to survive disasters with less disruption,” said Steve Sheldon, one of the event organizers, an architect and builder with Ibis Builds of Sebastopol, and representative of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Redwood Empire chapter. “We’ll also be offering folks the chance to meet and speak to the experts about their own home designs while learning about all aspects of green building.

Expo organizers plan to have on hand architects, engineers, energy providers and consultants, landscape designers, contractors and materials suppliers to talk about fire-resistant materials and methods, rooftop solar and microgrid systems, healthful homes and interiors, resilient communities, defensible and drought-resistant landscapes, zero-net energy, efficient home design, safe induction cooking, financing green building, accessory dwelling units and battery storage for homes.

Jeff Quackenbush (, 707-521-4256) covers the wine business and commercial construction and real estate.