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
Orienting panels to the west to catch the setting sun—at the time usage peaks—might make solar power more valuable even if less total electricity would be generated.Read More
I came away optimistic that the attendees in the room weren’t going to simply sit by and wait for action; they were going to make it happen.Read More
In my opinion, there’s no more useful resource out there to help us understand flood hazards in coastal locations.Read More
— Robert Meyer, a professor of marketing at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in response to Superstorm Sandy
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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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