4 December 2017 — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced at Greenbuild 2017 that it will formally adopt RELi, a resilient construction standard developed in 2012 by the Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability, Perkins + Will and others.
Like the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, RELi uses a point system across various credit categories. It includes LEED prerequisites for sustainable practices but introduces new criteria for resilient design, including fundamental access to first aid, emergency supplies, water, food, and communications; adaptive design for extreme rain, sea rise, storm surge, and extreme weather, events, and hazards; development or expansion of local skills, capabilities, and long-term employment; provision for social equity and edible landscaping, urban agriculture, and resilient food production.
While it is unclear whether RELi will be incorporated into LEED or continue as its own set of standards, GCBI is “leading the further refinement of RELi to synthesize the LEED Resilient Design pilot credits with RELi’s Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation credits,” according to the GCBI press release. GCBI is creating a steering committee — chaired by Perkins+Will senior associate and RELi 1.0 principal investigator Doug Pierce — to “bring resilience into actionable, mainstream thinking for the design, construction and operation of buildings.”
- 51For the past several years, the U. S. economy has seen a tremendous amount of growth in the adoption of sustainable practices. Organic and natural products now grace the isles of almost every grocery and department store. Consumer awareness has grown as more people try to purchase organic and locally…
- 45The announcement comes at a time of increased international focus on climate change mitigation in the lead up to the United Nations’ COP21 climate negotiations this December.
- 44Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of the top 10 states for new LEED certifications in 2012, highlighting those regions that are transforming buildings and communities across the country.
- 44Missouri’s first LEED certified school opened in August for students in the North Kansas City School District. The $80-million Staley High School was designed by Hollis + Miller Architects, together with the school district and J.E. Dunn Construction Company.