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HBADE: Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

Recently, there was a blog floating around that incorrectly stateed for some reason that HBADE was fighting public education about climate change. That is not accurate, climate change has occurred since the earth first formed and will continue until the earth is gone.

Here reprinted is the letter we submitted to DNREC last year with our position:

April 26, 2012

Susan E. Love

Planner IV

Delaware Coastal Programs

5 East Reed St., Ste 201

Dover, DE 19901


RE: HBADE Sea Level Rise Position


Dear Susan:


The Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBADE) appreciates the work effort of the Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee toward addressing the potentials of sea level rise.  Our Board of Directors has approved the following position statement, and have asked our representative Keith Rudy to submit this on the behalf of HBADE.


Over the last 110 years, the rate of Seal Level Rise and Subsidence in Delaware has averaged about 3.35 mm per year.  Over the next 100 years, at this rate, we expect an additional 0.34 meters of rise.  Accounting for an increased rate of sea level rise that some feel may occur over the next 100 years and in order to plan conservatively, the Home Builders Association of Delaware (HBADE) supports the planning for 0.5 meters of sea level rise over the next 88 years at the current time.


One half meter is consistent with the conservative estimates by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and NOAA for global sea level rise over the next 100 years.

Additionally, the HBADE supports a close monitoring of the actual sea level rise over the next twenty years in order to determine if the 100 year trend will exceed 0.5 meters of rise.  Even at the most catastrophic estimates of sea level rise being considered by DNREC, we would not exceed 0.5 meters in 30 years and we would still have adequate time to plan for this level if it appears that the trend is towards more than 0.5 meters of rise in the next 100 years.


We appreciate the opportunity to submit our position and hope that it is helpful to the Advisory Committee.


About HBA of Delaware

HBA/DE has been an integral part of the growth and economic development of the State of Delaware since 1947. HBA/DE was founded as a non-profit state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) representing home builders and other businesses directly related to Delaware's Home Building Industry. Consisting of Builders, Remodelers and a group of diversified associate members, the Home Builders Association of Delaware strives to protect and preserve housing as a symbol of America.


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