With the rising frequency of extreme weather, the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry faces increasing demands to create buildings that can both survive in a changing climate and deliver superior performance across a range of conditions.

On March 27, 2019, Tetra Tech sponsored an Engineering News-Record (ENR) webinar focused on how AEC professionals are helping building owners prepare for extreme weather events. “Resilient Building Design Strategies for a Changing World” discussed how the industry is transitioning to more resilient building materials, systems, and designs and ensuring critical systems maintain functionality when disaster strikes.

As conceptual frameworks, resilience and sustainability increasingly guide decisions in the planning, design, and engineering of building projects. Resiliency emphasizes robustness and the ability to recover, while sustainability considers measures of environmental impact and resource conservation. Both concepts share common end goals in contributing to society’s capacity to thrive in a meaningful way.

Pam Russell, ENR’s Senior Energy and Environment Editor, moderated a discussion on building for sustainability and resilience among a panel of experts from across the United States. Speakers included:

  • Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is a Design Director and Global Co-Director of Design Resilience with Gensler; author of The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design; and a Fellow with both the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council
  • Alex Wilson is president of the Resilient Design Institute, a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance the adoption of resilient design into buildings and communities; he is a widely published writer on energy, green building, resilience, and the environment
  • Greg Mella, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a Vice President and Director of Sustainable Design at SmithGroup and was the architect behind the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Merrill Center, which was the first LEED Platinum building in the world, and Brock Center, which was the tenth project in the world to achieve full Living Building certification

View the “Resilient Building Design Strategies for a Changing World” webinar to learn more about how buildings are being adapted to a range of changing conditions.

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