Nathaniel Bruce Nathaniel J. Bruce is a former United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant with over 12 years of service, including an extensive background founded on Fire Protection, Fire Science Technologies, and Emergency Services; including versatile experience in fire protection leadership and incident command roles for multi-regional, national and international agencies. Mr. Bruce is professionally credentialed by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) in association with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) as a Structural Firefighter, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Specialist, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, HAZMAT Operations Specialist, with additional professional certifications and licensure by the DOD as a certified Fire Training Lecturer and Fire Ground Operations Instructor. Mr. Bruce also has degrees in Fire Science Technology, and Instructor of Technology and Military Science, with further certification by the U.S. Department of Labor as an Occupational Instructor. www
Mold is a big problem for builders and homeowners, and it can start before the wood is delivered the job site. Basically, mold – which is a type of fungus with thousands of different species – requires moisture to flourish.
Severe weather, floods, leaks and substandard building practices can lead to mold growth in homes. In some cases, lumber stored outside may carry mold when it's used in the home. So a home could have mold inside the walls with no water leaks in the finished building.
Modular and systems built homes are becoming a bigger part of the residential landscape. They can range from the traditional house trailer to a million dollar pre-fab home site with a breathtaking view.
When a homeowner is dissatisfied with the home it can often lead to expensive litigation and insurance claims. Builders want to deliver a product that delight their customers, so learning how to reduce the risk of mold and other problems can help builders do just that.
As California, Colorado, Arizona and other western states approach the end of the 2014 wildfire season, higher fire risk looks to be a fact of life.
Our homes need to be tougher. With severe weather events on the rise, including hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, wild fires and blizzards, homes can take a beating.
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