Mission, Vision, Values We believe... there is reason for hope. We live at a critical moment in human history. Our decisions today will determine the well being of all future generations. We believe hopeful and positive options are available to meet current and future needs, preserving and enhancing the natural regenerative capacities of our planetary life-support system. Development Center for Appropriate Technology DCAT _cbeb21ae-6f82-11df-beaf-50197a64ea2a A world where communities thrive and are built in harmony with nature, because people understand the consequences of their choices and make decisions for their own and the Earth's benefit. _cbeb2456-6f82-11df-beaf-50197a64ea2a To enhance the health of the planet and our communities by promoting a shift to sustainable construction and development through leadership, strategic relationships, and education. _cbeb251e-6f82-11df-beaf-50197a64ea2a Nature and the Built Environment Human life and nature are intimately connected and we must care for nature as we care for ourselves. We value the potential to evolve sustainable, life-enhancing human systems and built environments that are fully integrated with nature. Technology and Community Technology is the application of ideas, energy and resources to solve problems and create change. Appropriate technology is that which strives to minimize negative consequences to all life, and connects people with each other and the Earth. We value elegant solutions that enhance community self-sufficiency, build local economies, and draw on cultural wisdom. Our Culture and Relationships Like a spider web, our relationships are made strong through their interconnecting strands. Sharing collective knowledge, the whole is more resilient. We value heart-centered, collaborative processes and partnerships that support the common good. Building Codes Explore approaches to creating a sustainable context for building codes. _cbeb25be-6f82-11df-beaf-50197a64ea2a National Regulatory Organizations Green Building Organizations Building Code Groups Building Code Officials Standards Making Organizations Construction and Development Community Public Service Organizations DCAT’s primary program is called Building Sustainability into the Codes in which we explore approaches to creating a sustainable context for building codes, working with national regulatory and green building organizations. LEADERSHIP Provide leadership. _cbeb265e-6f82-11df-beaf-50197a64ea2a 1 U.S. Green Building Council Arizona USGBC Chapter Natural Home & Environmental Building News International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) International Code Council (ICC) - Active member of U.S. Green Building Council: * National Board Member * Leader - Greening of the Codes Committee * Arizona USGBC Chapter member & Board Liaison - Editorial advisory board member of Natural Home & Environmental Building News magazines - Leadership role with International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) and International Code Council (ICC) 81af952d-d572-4c7e-a7ae-d14dd3afd74c 7d7aa555-8c0a-472a-82bf-2bb0dd0bbc67 PUBLICATIONS Provide education through publications. _cbeb2726-6f82-11df-beaf-50197a64ea2a 2 - Regular column in ICBO’s Building Standards - Articles for natural building, building code, engineering, and sustainability focused periodicals - White papers on sustainability issues, systemic change, and regulatory issues 45900e38-8cdd-46ee-9dcb-67c79b0b8ee7 aec4567e-f175-4f18-a164-cacbf6c43701 OUTREACH Conduct outreach activities. _cbeb27d0-6f82-11df-beaf-50197a64ea2a 3 - Presentations at conferences, universities, and speaker series - Coordination of technical resources for conferences, such as: * tours of natural buildings * trainings on natural building techniques 69b732a0-82e0-4bdc-9155-aef55d5469e1 a58754fc-81ac-4c97-9cf4-8707a09a50e4 RESOURCES AND INFORMATION Provide resources and information. _cbeb2884-6f82-11df-beaf-50197a64ea2a 4 - Web-based resources, including: * Forum for information, referral, and communication for sustainable building issues (under development) * Referrals to human and technical resources on alternative technologies, natural building, and code issues * Consulting services on alternative building systems, such as straw bale construction and on integrated design processes 55f76d4f-7d29-45c4-85b1-b7dcd1a55c6c b77bffdb-a130-4b25-b6aa-fa60a574ffbc WORKSHOPS Conduct workshops. _cbeb2942-6f82-11df-beaf-50197a64ea2a 5 * Technical workshops on alternative building materials & methods for local, regional, state, and national building code organizations * Training for the building and design communities on code-related issues 1d6b01fc-58a3-42d1-9cdc-223d50da7e55 70bd56d2-c454-49a6-9c30-7e42711f870c 2010-06-03 http://www.dcat.net/about_dcat/mission.php Owen Ambur Owen.Ambur@verizon.net Submit error.