Schilling is committed to developing deconstruction programs that offer simple solutions for homeowners to dismantle and reuse their home’s valuable physical assets rather than disposing of them. On average, a 2,000 square foot home may yield as much as 85% in reusable materials. In addition to the environmental benefits, the programs also help homeowners achieve significant tax savings based on their donation’s appraised value.
Partnering with regional Habitat for Humanity affiliates allows valuable reclaimed materials, such as windows, doors and appliances, to be reused or resold in the community. The organization also works with Corazon, a ministry that build homes in Baja California, to donate rough framing lumber. Schilling has personally delivered truckloads of lumber to Corazon that will be used to rehabilitate homes near their organization’s community centers.
Schilling says his background in hospitality management and technical recruiting has been an asset in the non-profit world, giving him the patience to listen and respond more effectively to industry challenges. As the president of Deconstruction Network, Schilling understands his responsibility to educate and empower others about the need for waste reduction and building material reuse. He embraces his mission and feels confident his hard work will help cities throughout California, and beyond, empower community members to achieve municipal waste diversion goals, while leading to the mainstream acceptance of deconstruction.
Prior to joining DRN Ms. Wise spent thirteen years in the telecommunications and wireless communications industries. Post 9/11, she developed a disaster prevention/recovery seminar hosted by the Los Angeles/Orange County market, which was later adopted for use nationally by Focal Communications. While working for TelePacific Communications, Ms. Wise was the liaison between her employer and the Building Industry Association of Southern California. From 2006 to 2008, she was an active participant on the Orange County chapter’s new member committee. Ms. Wise’s extensive experience and entrepreneurial spirit is helping advance DRN’s awareness in California’s Green Building industry.
Stuart David Arkin
After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Science in Hospitality Management and a concentration in Real Estate Development, Ojong went on to earn a Certificate in Construction Practices from San Diego State University. She always knew she wanted to be in construction and with a concentration in Real Estate Development under her belt she is now hard at work as a General Building Contractor building new construction estates and vineyard developments in Sonoma.
Ojong is a member of the Residential Green Building Advocacy Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council in San Francisco and she continues her alma mater support as President of the Cornell Hotel Society Chapter of Northern California. She currently resides in San Francisco.
Jason’s ability to secure more than twenty-five (25) different manufacturers and distributors to participate in a sponsorship program in his one-of-the-first of its kind all green homes in OC, called Project 319 – www.LivingGreenOn319.com, has set the stage for Living Green Homes to become a leader in Green Products and Technologies.
Project 319 has received media attention locally and regionally and will be among the first “Net Zero Energy Homes” built new in Orange County. Jason has worked hands on with city officials and building inspectors to expand innovative technologies, green products, and help introduce new building codes, to ensure that they have the most current information on the explosive “Green Building Revolution.”
As an advocate of green building practices, Jason’s goals are to inspire, motivate, and assist developers, investors, asset managers, homeowners, and the community to understand the importance of building and living green as regulatory and market forces shift the industry toward green built environments that are healthier, safer, more resource efficient and less polluting with better indoor air quality.
Matt recently returned from Washington D.C. where he co-wrote the new LEED 2009 exam. As a result, he regularly presents on the changes to LEED throughout Northern California.