Category Archives: Buildings & Community Design

Buildings

Design decisions for buildings and communities are critical to efforts to increase local and regional resiliency. Building designers — of residential, institutional, and commercial structures — should strive to incorporate passive and active survivability concepts into new and renovated structures. Community planners and developers need to incorporate concepts that increase the capacity to maintain transportation flow, strategies to handle water management, and infrastructure approaches that will withstand a variety of risks.

NIST Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 3.35.26 PMThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has produced two volumes of a Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems. The first volume spends time describing the methodology and provides a fictitious example of the planning process while the second volume provides reference chapters to Volume 1. A four page planning guide brochure is also available for a more succinct guide to community resilience.

Norfolk’s Resilience Strategy

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 2.16.29 PMThe city of Norfolk, as a 100 Resilient Cities grantee, developed a Resilience Strategy that was published in October 2015. The stated goal of the plan is to reduce risks as well as embrace new ways of thinking and thriving in conditions that require continuous innovation. The full plan is available online.

Reflections on the First Resilient Virginia Conference, March 22-23, 2016

Jerry Walker Headshot 2016By Jerry Walker, CEM, LEED AP, Chairman of the Board, Resilient Virginia and Henrico County Energy Manager

Resilient Virginia burst onto the radar screens of leaders from federal, state and local governments, and concerned citizens with their 2016 Resilient Virginia Conference in Richmond, on March 22nd March 23rd.  The two-day conference at the Greater Richmond Convention center attracted over 220 attendees, speakers and exhibitors. With a theme of activating communities and businesses for a more resilient future, three major geographic regions were addressed; coastal, rural, and urban.  Issues such as weather, coastal flooding, urban-underdevelopment, agricultural demands on dwindling farm space, and man-made threats to our well-being were all addressed.

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Thanks to our Sponsors, Exhibitors, Partners, and Planning Committee for their support in making the first Resilient Virginia Conference a great success!

The 2016 Resilient Virginia Conference

“Activating Communities and Businesses for a More Resilient Future”

March 22–23, 2016  |  Richmond, Virginia

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The 2016 Resilient Virginia Conference took place March 22–23, 2016 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. The first statewide conference on resiliency activated community and business stakeholders around the Commonwealth:

  • to learn about resiliency planning to address current and future environmental, social, and economic challenges, and
  • to become leaders in their communities to address formulating plans for a resilient future.

View the complete conference agenda here.

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The Celestia Project: Vision for the Future

By Annette Osso, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia

The Celestia Project

Earth Day 2015 is just around the corner, and this year Resilient Virginia would like to share with our readers an inspirational vision of the future. This comes through our exclusive sneak peak of the ebook on The Celestia Project, which will be unveiled officially by Green Builder magazine on this Earth Day. Over the past year, chapters of The Celestia Project were featured in issues of the magazine.

The Celestia Project, created by Matthew Power, Editor-In-Chief of Green Builder magazine, presents a time capsule from the year 2100. The interactive publication takes on such topics as food security, low impact transportation, successful urban living, energy use and decarbonization, fresh water abundance, and resilience in buildings and communities.

Matthew Power provides this perspective:

“This project is really the culmination of a lifetime of writing, researching and advocating for more sustainable homes and lifestyles. It took a year to write, but many years to gather and process the ideas. It came about as a response to the prevailing dystopian views that pervade our culture. The Celestia Project argues that we don’t have to starve to death, wallowing in our own rubbish, chased by our runaway robots. Instead, we can do what needs to be done to save ourselves: wrestle with human nature, harness our technology, and build a better, greener world.”

You can view the entire interactive ebook here.

About Green Builder magazine

This magazine is oriented toward residential building professionals, but also has excellent annual “Homeowner’s Handbook” and “Sustainable Landscaping Guide” issues which make it interesting reading for anyone interested in low impact living. Go to www.greenbuildermedia.com/magazine-home-page for more information.

Energy Department Recognizes City of Roanoke for Leadership in Better Buildings Challenge

ROANOKE, Va. – As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the Energy Department today recognized the city of Roanoke, Virginia for its leadership. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, Roanoke has committed to 20 percent savings by 2020 across more than 25 buildings, covering one million square feet. Roanoke has already achieved 16 percent energy savings since 2009, and its Better Buildings Challenge showcase project, a retrofit of the Berglund Center, is expected to result in 30 percent energy savings, totaling $180,000 annually.
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Resilient Communities: A CommunityMatters Conference Call

Our communities are constantly changing. Most changes are gradual and predictable—a new store opens on Main Street, newcomers come to town and priorities shift. But, sometimes change is abrupt, unexpected—a major natural disaster or an epidemic. How can your city or town best prepare for unanticipated change? What will help your community respond to challenges not only to bounce back, but to become stronger than ever?

Michael Crowley, senior program officer, Institute for Sustainable Communities, and Christine Morris, chief resilience officer with the city of Norfolk, Virginia, joined CommunityMatters for an hour-long conference call on January 22, 2015. Listen to the archived audio for ideas about and lessons learned from building resilient communities, or browse the presenter notes from this event for additional resources.

Rebuild by Design

Rebuild by Design was conceived as a HUD competition to respond to Superstorm Sandy’s devastation in the United States’ northeast region. Initiated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Presidential Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Rebuild by Design connects the world’s most talented researchers and designers with the Sandy-affected area’s active businesses, policymakers and local groups to better understand how to redevelop their communities in environmentally and economically healthier ways and to be better prepared.

Visit the Rebuild by Design website at www.rebuildbydesign.org.

VSBN’s 2013 Annual Meeting

VSBN's 18th Annual Meeting
VSBN’s 18th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting, “Success in Promoting Sustainable Buildings and Communities,” was held June 26, 2013 at the University of Richmond’s Jepson Center.

Russell Perry, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Co-Director, Sustainable Design and Office Director, SmithGroupJJR, spoke on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center, the first Living Building Challenge structure in Virginia, and Scott’s Run Station South, a sustainable redevelopment project in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.

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Energy & Sustainability Conference: January 2013

VCU Energy & Sustainability Conference

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) hosted the Energy and Sustainability Conference in January 2013. The two-day event was organized by Virginia Sustainable Building Network and James River Green Building Council. More than 800 attendees heard national leaders across business and institutional market sectors discuss how sustainability is changing their organizations and how they’re adapting and leveraging sustainability to enhance their business results.

Click here to view the archived event website.
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5th Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges Conference

5th Annual Greening Virginia Universities Conference

VSBN’s 5th Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges Conference was held February 29, 2012, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Highlights included

  • Lunch Speaker Senator John Warner, Senior Advisor, Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate;
  • The STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) Program for Universities;
  • University and Community Sustainability Initiatives;
  • Green Policies and Operations.

Presentations from this full-day event are available below.
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U.S. Green Building Council

logo-USGBCThe U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) believes we must continuously look over the horizon to foreseeable and unforeseeable crises and see what plans are on the table, what preparations need to be made and what assets are in place. And when these tragedies do occur, we need to deploy the resources and assistance to help communities recover smarter, greener and better.

Visit their website at www.usgbc.org/advocacy/priorities/resiliency.

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