Alex Wilson

Resilient by Design: Envisioning a More Resilient San Francisco Bay Area

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018

The Resilient By Design competition was modeled after the Rebuild By Design competition that was held in the New York City area following Superstorm Sandy.

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U.S. Green Building Council Adopts the RELi Rating System

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017

“It has become clear to us that USGBC needs to accelerate our efforts to raise awareness, and increase capacity and adoption of resiliency in our built environment if we truly want to realize a sustainable future for all.” – Mahesh Ramanujam

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Is There a Silver Lining in the Clouds of Hurricane Irma?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017

Passive survivability should be a design criterion for any building that is designated to serve as an emergency shelter.

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Lessons from Hurricane Harvey

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017

There will be a lot of talk over the coming months about the Houston area bouncing back. I’d rather see the City and region bounce forward. We can end up with something better in the renovation and rebuilding that occurs in the aftermath of this disaster.

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Special issue of BRI on Overheating in Buildings

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017

When I was at the PLEA 2017 Conference (Passive Low-Energy Architecture) in Scotland a few weeks ago, I learned that the contents of a special issue of the journal, Building Research & Information on Overheating in Buildings are available free through the end of July. BRI is a peer-reviewed, technical journal, and access to BRI’s articles is usually quite pricey. There is a wealth of good information in the technical papers available in this issue—though be forewarned that they are quite technical. The issue of maintaining habitable temperatures in buildings is one of the key...

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Nice article in BOM Magazine on Resilience and Sustainability

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017

Greg Zimmerman, the executive editor of Building Operating Management (BOM) magazine, wrote a great cover story on the relationship between resilience and sustainability for the July issue of BOM. The print article, “To Focus on Resilience, Focus Also on Sustainability,” will be out in early July, but it is available online now. It’s great to see this argument being made by others—that resilience and sustainability go hand-in-hand. It’s not an either-or situation. Here’s an excerpt from Greg’s article: “By focusing on sustainability and resilience...

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