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A Vision for Resilient Design in a Cyclone-Battered Coastal City in India

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments

A Vision for Resilient Design in a Cyclone-Battered Coastal City in India

The devastating cyclone, Hudhud this month in India provides an opportunity to incorporate strategies of passive survivability and resilience in the rebuilding.

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Resilient Design: Not as mainstream as we’d like

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 | 0 comments

Resilient Design: Not as mainstream as we’d like

As part of its monthly tracking how the architectural firms are faring, in its latest survey the American Institute of Architects queried members about their resilient design practices. Since “resilient design” is a concept that’s not yet the kind of household word that “sustainability” has become, we’re encouraged at the number of architecture shops that report having done projects that involved resilient design (about a quarter of them) — but at the same time, the numbers indicate that resilient design has a ways to go before it is a mainstream...

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A Vision for Transitioning to Renewable Energy Sources

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 | 7 comments

A Vision for Transitioning to Renewable Energy Sources

From the standpoint of resilience, a shift to this sort of renewables-based energy system will create a more resilient, distributed power grid with a more diverse generation sources.

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The business implications of sea-level rise along the Atlantic coast, and especially in Delaware

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 | 1 comment

The business implications of sea-level rise along the Atlantic coast, and especially in Delaware

I want us to envision an unfamiliar challenge together. I want us to think about the plans and investments we may need to make.

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Pandemics and the Need for Resilience

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 | 3 comments

Pandemics and the Need for Resilience

Should a major pandemic occur here—whether a mutated, airborne Ebola or a SARS virus or something like the deadly 1919 flue—suddenly many services will likely break down.

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Resilience on the Home Front – Creating a Farm

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 | 3 comments

Resilience on the Home Front – Creating a Farm

Two years ago, when I launched the Resilient Design Institute, was a time of transition. I was pulling back from BuildingGreen, the company that I had started in 1985, and my wife, Jerelyn, and I had just bought an old Vermont farm a third of a mile down the road from where we had lived for 30 years. We were beginning what would be a long process of figuring out what to do with the house and property. Indeed, the house planning, design, and reconstruction was a major undertaking. After having written about energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building for more than 35 years, there...

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