Longtime 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 World
- Design for Disassembly
- Shades of Green: the 1970s vs. the Millennial Generation
- Jobsite Communication: Creating a Dialogue
- Disseminating Building Science Knowledge
- Dealing with Rising Damp in Building Reconstruction
- Adaptations That Accommodate Nature
- Improving the Energy Efficiency of Rental Housing
- Praise for the Czech Team’s Solar Decathlon Entry
- Keeping Green on the Right Track
- District Heating
Vera 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).