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Guest Blog: India Needs Community-Scale Approaches to Building Resilience and Reliability

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016

During a visit to India in early 2016, I noticed that the way people dealt with interruptions had changed but that they were not any closer to having a continuous 24/7 supply of water and electricity.

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A Bold Idea for Addressing Sea Level Rise

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016

On Church Street, starting in July 1868, using more than 150,000 cubic yards of fill, the City of Boston elevated 296 brick buildings by as much as 14 feet; the work was virtually completed by October 1869—ahead of schedule and under budget.

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Putting “Thermal Resilience” in the LEED Pilot Credits to the Test

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016

With this test, we want to get something out there so that experts could weigh in in this key aspect of resilience.

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2015 the Warmest Year on Record by a Large Margin

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016

Not only was 2015 the warmest year on record, but the margin of that record over the previous warmest (2014) was the largest ever.

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Making Multifamily Affordable Housing More Resilient

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015

We all know that it’s more challenging to make existing buildings energy efficient or resilient than it is to achieve those goals with new construction. Because of the preponderance of existing buildings, though, this is where the heavy lifting needs to happen. A large majority of our existing buildings in the U.S. will still be occupied in 50 years. It is also well-known that when it comes to natural disasters and other disturbances, the greatest impacts often befall those least able to afford the needed fixes. This became abundantly clear in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in New York...

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The Brock Environmental Center: A Pinnacle of Sustainability—and Resilience

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015

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.

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