Vera Novak Dies at 55

first_imgLongtime GBA blogger Vera Novak died on January 28, 2016, after a prolonged battle with cancer. We will miss her.Novak, a champion of women in the field of construction and green building practices, received a Masters of Science degree in Building Construction Science in 2011 from Virginia Tech. A year later, she received her PhD in Environmental Design and Planning from the same institution.GBA introduced Novak to our readers in a 2011 article, “Blog Review: Eco Build Trends Blog.”Over the past four years, GBA published 12 blogs by Novak:The First National Green Code — or Communism?Be the Change You Want to See in the WorldDesign for DisassemblyShades of Green: the 1970s vs. the Millennial GenerationJobsite Communication: Creating a DialogueDisseminating Building Science KnowledgeDealing with Rising Damp in Building ReconstructionAdaptations That Accommodate NatureImproving the Energy Efficiency of Rental HousingPraise for the Czech Team’s Solar Decathlon EntryKeeping Green on the Right TrackDistrict HeatingVera is survived by her mother, Ruzena Novak; her sister, Jana Novak Garner; her sister, Eva Novak; her husband, David Franke; her daughters Charlene and Katie; her brother, Peter Novak; his wife, Teresa, and daughters Marissa and Kendra; her stepsons, Nathan Sondelski (and Eleanor Rudasi) and Benjamin Sondelski (and daughter Claudia).last_img

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