I recently had the pleasure of having dinner with Alex Wilson, founder of Environmental Building News and long-time sustainability advocate, while he was in attendance as a speaker at our exclusive annual GAF Partners in Growth conference for commercial roofing professionals. Alex’s newest project is The Resilient Design Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing practical solutions that building owners and communities can use to increase resilience – for example the ability to withstand severe weather events. A resilient building is one that can shelter human populations during times of extreme heat or cold, and keep occupants safe, even without electricity, supplemental heat, or air conditioning; and has systems that can withstand increasingly common severe weather events and the longer term stresses they put on the building performance.
Here’s an excerpt from RDI’s website:
The Resilient Design Institute is a nonprofit organization focused on integrating resilience into building design, land-use planning, infrastructure, and food systems throughout North America. With growing incidence of storms, flooding, drought, wildfire, and other interruptions or disturbances, resilience is becoming a national imperative for keeping people safe in both the near-term and long-term.
Resilient design is an increasingly important concept as building owners are beginning to understand that the operating, planned maintenance, and unplanned maintenance budgets of a building can be much higher than the initial building costs and are making more decisions with that in mind. GAF has championed performance based product standards and is a founding sponsor of the Resilient Design Institute.
This is an interesting and evolving area, and I hope that you will join the discussion as well. Have you heard of the topic of resilience before? Any thoughts?
PS we even had a little fun in Nashville too!