Not Just Green Design…How About Resilient Design?

We’re seeing a lot of natural disasters.  From Typhoon Haiyan, Huricanes Katrina and Sandy and Earthquakes in Japan, Pakistan and Haiti.  All of these are wake-up calls to remind us that we should really consider designs that will be able to withstand future disasters as well as the normal wear and tear.  Sure we think about construction by applying green designs such as using low-VOC paints, low-flow toilets, photovoltaics, etc.  But with climate change in our midst, we should really think more of designing buildings that will withstand flooding, earthquake, power outages & other natural or manmade disasters.  This is where “resilient design” comes to play: “the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions in response to vulnerabilities to disaster and disruption of normal life”.


Spaulding Hospital in Boston, designed by perkins + will, green hospital, green design

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, designed by Perkins + Will and awarded LEED gold – you can see the mechanicals on the top floor of the building

Fire resistant design strategies

Building Envelopes

Source: Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?
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