Buildings and 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.

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  • Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions

    pubart-greenbuilding-climateresislienceThis report from the University of Michigan and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) includes regional impact information and building adaptation strategy. For the Southeast U.S. these include: sea-level rise; increased heat-related stresses for people, plants and animals; decreased water availability; and increased damage from higher intensity hurricanes and storm surges.

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  • Designing for a Resilient America: A Stakeholder Summit on High Performance Resilient Buildings and Related Infrastructure

    pubart-designing-for-resilient-america Given the gravity of manmade and natural hazard events of the last decade, designing buildings that not only offer resistance, but continue to function after a catastrophic event, are significant challenges to government and the building industry. The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) has recommended better understanding of the role of design and construction in infrastructure resilience.

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  • The 2010 Governor’s Conference on Energy

    The 2010 Governor's Conference on EnergyGovernor Bob McDonnell hosted “Virginia: Energy Capital of the East Coast — The Governor’s Conference on Energy” in Richmond on October 12–14, 2010. The Conference featured a comprehensive program covering every aspect of doing energy business in Virginia. Presentations and Video Clips from the event are available.

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  • VSBN’s 2010 Annual Meeting

    VSBN's 15th Anniversary Celebration and Annual MeetingVSBN’s 15th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting, “Powering Our Buildings with Clean Energy,” was held June 29, 2010 at the University of Richmond’s Jepson Alumni Center in Richmond, Virginia. Presentations from this event are available here.

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  • Canterbury Woods Neighborhood Pilot Energy Audit Project

    Common Air LeaksIn 2010 VSBN worked with the Canterbury Woods Civic Association of Fairfax County in a pilot project to evaluate and perform energy audits on some of the most common home models in the neighborhood.

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  • Green Building Outlook: 2010 and Beyond

    Green Building Outlook: 2010 and BeyondGreen Building Outlook: 2010 and Beyond was held April 15, 2010 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Presentations from this event are available here.

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  • VSBN’s 2008 Annual Meeting

    One Planet Living: VSBN's Thirteenth Annual Meeting and CelebrationVSBN’s 13th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting, “One Planet Living,” was held June 25, 2008, at the University of Richmond Jepson Center.

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  • Third Annual State of High Performance Schools in Virginia

    Third Annual State of High Performance Schools in Virginia VSBN’s Third Annual State of High Performance Schools in Virginia was held May 8, 2008, in Charlottesville, Virginia at the University of Virginia Alumni Association. Presentations from this full-day workshop on carbon trading and green building are available on this website.

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  • Second Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges

    Green Building Benefits in the Commercial MarketplaceVSBN organized the Second Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges on October 26, 2007, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hosted by the University of Virginia, this event featured best practices in campus design, Green buildings, facility operations, and campus sustainability initiatives. Documents and PowerPoint presentations from this event are available on this website.

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  • VSBN’s 2007 Annual Meeting

    Moving toward Carbon Neutral BuildingsMoving toward Carbon Neutral Buildings was the theme of VSBN’s 12th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting, held June 28, 2007, at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. This meeting included presentation of 3rd Annual Virginia Green Innovation Awards.

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