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.
Resilient Virginia News: April 2017
Resilient Virginia News: Find out what’s happening in the region!
Costs of Doing Nothing: Economic Consequences of Not Adapting to Sea Level Rise in the Hampton Roads Region
Recent studies have pointed out the economic costs of rising temperatures, increased sea levels, and extreme weather events — all factors associated with climate change impact in the Southeast United States. Costs of Doing Nothing: Economic Consequences of Not Adapting to Sea Level Rise in the Hampton Roads Region narrows down the data to the Hampton Roads area. This report looks at several scenarios for sea level rise and the economic consequences.
2017 Resilient Virginia Conference
Presentations from the 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference are now available. Listen to the Plenary Sessions, or view presentations on Food Security, Community Resiliency Planning, Tools for Sea Level Rise, and much more.
Hear All About It! PrepareAthon Organizers on Richmond’s PBS Station (88.9 FM)
PrepareAthon 2016 took place August 27, 2016, and offered participants activities and information focused on emergency preparedness; sustainable lifestyle options such as energy saving homes,
Resilient Cities, A Grosvenor Research Report
A 2014 research report developed by Grosvenor quantified the resilience of the world’s most important 50 cities based on two criteria: vulnerability and adaptive capability. The Resilient Cities Report collected independent data and created a scale on which to place each of the 50 cities.
Climate Change: Cost of Inaction for Maryland’s Economy
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) produced a report in November 2015 that expanded upon climate impacts addressed in the American Climate Prospectus. The report includes estimates on climate change’s effects on infrastructure, tourism, ecosystems, agriculture, water resources, and human health.
Envision Rating System for Sustainable Infrastructure
Published in 2015, the Envision system is composed of tools, covering all aspects of a product’s lifecycle, that are meant to introduce sustainability into infrastructure projects.
Colorado Resiliency Framework 2016 Annual Plan
The Colorado Resiliency Framework 2016 Annual Plan is an extension of the Colorado Resiliency Framework that was adopted in 2015. This plan details how the Colorado Resiliency Working Group will achieve the goals laid out in the framework, mainly via resiliency-focused projects in the community, economic, health and social, housing, infrastructure, watershed and natural resources sectors.
NIST Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems
The 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.