Buildings and Community Design


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.

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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!

    View the 2016 Resilient Virginia Conference presentations and slideshow now!

  • The Celestia Project: Vision for the Future

    Celestia ProjectEarth Day 2015 is just around the corner, and this year Resilient Virginia shares an inspirational vision of the future 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.

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

    As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the Energy Department has 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.

  • 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 ... Read more...

  • 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 ... Read more...

  • Resilient Design Institute

    The Resilient Design Institute (RDI) creates solutions that enable buildings and communities to survive and thrive in the face of climate change, natural disasters and other disruptions.

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  • 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 ... Read more...

  • Energy & Sustainability Conference: January 2013

    VCU Energy & Sustainability ConferenceVirginia 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.

  • VSBN’s 2012 Annual Meeting

    VSBN's 17th Annual MeetingVSBN’s 17th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting, “Highlighting Sustainable Community Initiatives,” was held June 28, 2012 at Ducard Vineyard in Madison County, Virginia. Mary Paul Smith Jespersen, Senior Commercial Advisor of the Royal Danish Embassy, spoke about their energy self-sufficient island.

  • 5th Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges Conference

    5th Annual Greening Virginia Universities ConferenceVSBN’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; and Green Policies and Operations.