When Hurricane Joaquin affected the East Coast the first week of October, the two wind turbines generated nearly a month’s worth of electricity in just five days.Read More
Little Falls, New Jersey resident Sean Mathews has developed a low-cost solution for protecting equipment from flood damage, and he wants to see more homeowners have access to it.Read More
We should continue to strive for buildings that don’t require mechanical cooling—which usually means starting with an exceptionally well-insulated building envelope—but we need to be realistic also by providing for mechanical cooling.Read More
While implementing various measures to keep floodwater out of a building may seem like a no-brainer, there are actually some very significant limitations and risks.Read More
— Robert Meyer, a professor of marketing at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in response to Superstorm Sandy
RDI is the most accessible source of resilient design information. From clear case studies to wide-ranging principles and strategies to a blog that balances technical information with readability, we are committed to bringing awareness to the practice of designing survivability and adaptability into structures and communities.
Resilience is the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance. It is the capacity to bounce back after a disturbance or interruption. From Katrina to Sandy, California drought to Mississippi flooding. Resilience is both response and action.
Resilient design is the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions in order to respond to natural and manmade disasters and disturbances—as well as long-term changes resulting from climate change—including sea level rise, increased frequency of heat waves, and regional drought.
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