EESI Webinar: Resilient Cities

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) will be hosting a briefing (and accompanying live stream) on Monday, September 11 at 3pm in Room 122 of the Cannon House Office Building. Please visit their website for registration information. A live webcast will be streamed at 3:00 PM EDT at www.eesi.org/livecast(wireless connection permitting) Mayors are on the front lines when… Read More

Resilient Schools, Safe Children

The threat of a natural disaster presents a unique set of worries for the parents of school-age children. If an earthquake, tornado, flood or windstorm strikes during school hours would their children be safe? Would the teachers and other adults at the school have the needed resources to care for their students until emergency help… Read More

Exploring Resilient Building Design: CE Course

Exploring Resilient Building Design; Past experience with disasters inform current design decisions By Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP Learning Objectives – After this course, you should be able to: Identify and recognize the basic principles and terms associated with resilient building design and disaster mitigation. Assess a variety of methods to protect a building… Read More

Roofing Magazine: Definition of Resilience

Roofing Magazine: Definition of Resilience: Hospital Provides a Lesson in Preparing for Weather Events Architects and building owners are focusing on building resilience into the fabric of a structure to mitigate the impact of future devastating weather events. And the roof is getting new attention as an important component of a truly resilient structure. An… Read More

Resilience recommended to Trump Administration

The prestigious National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), empowered by Congress to identify ways to strengthen the built environment, has issued a series of recommendations to the Trump Administration, and resilience is at the top of their agenda. For the past four decades, NIBS, a nonprofit, non-governmental organization, has identified solutions to problems such as removing… Read More

FEMA Guide on School Safety: Safer, Stronger, Smarter

This FEMA Guide provides up-to-date, authoritative information that schools can use to develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing natural hazards and upgrading the resilience of school buildings. It is intended to be used by administrators, facilities managers, emergency managers, emergency planning committees, and teachers. It also provides information that could be of great use to members of… Read More

Designing Resilient Building Envelopes (Webinar)

https://continuingeducation.bnpmedia.com/courses/fibertite/designing-resilient-building-envelopes-web-live/ The concept of resilience is gaining attention among building professionals as a way to address the risks to building occupants posed by severe storms, droughts and similar climate-related threats. Compared to the related concept of durability, resiliency looks beyond considerations of material strength and design redundancy by asking how building occupants will be protected… Read More

The Role of the Roof in Resilient Building Design

A presentation made by ERA staff at the Med-Ed Facilities Conference in Boston in April 2017. ERA Resilience PPT v4 for MedEd Facilities April 2017 for website Thomas Hutchinson, AIA, CSI, FRCI, RRP Principal, Hutchinson Design Group, Ltd. Design & Technical Consultant EPDM Roofing Association Ellen Thorp, M.A., CAE Principal, Meridian Consulting LLC Associate Executive Director… Read More

Building Enclosure: Resiliency in Construction

Source: Building Enclosure Author: Louisa Hart Link: http://www.buildingenclosureonline.com/articles/86679-resiliency-in-construction Introduction There’s been intensifying discussion recently about the resiliency of the buildings where we work and live, how we can improve their odds at surviving natural disasters and ensure that they can rebound quickly to be fully functioning. André Desjarlais leads the Building Envelope Group at the… Read More

Buildings: Roofing’s Nine Roles in Resilience

In the buildings industry, the meaning of “green” has evolved significantly. In the 1980s the term focused tightly on environmental impacts. Since then it has broadened to include concepts of sustainability and then of resilience. The Resilient Design Institute identifies resilience as “the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality… Read More