Alex Wilson

GreenBiz on Resilience and the Future of Building Design

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015

GreenBiz, which for years has reported on the intersection between business and the environment, posted an article today making the case that resilience will be an important driver of building design in the years ahead. The article, How Resilience Will Shape the Future of Building Design, by Molly Miller, uses the recent release of the LEED pilot credits on resilient design as evidence that resilience will be a major influence on building design over the coming years. Definitely worth a read. And best wishes for the New Year. -Alex...

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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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LEED Pilot Credits on Resilient Design Adopted!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015

With the approval of these credits, there is now a mechanism in place for specifying in a building project that a broad array of resilience features will be addressed.

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Hot day in Vermont

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015

How could climate scientists be so confident, I wondered, in predicting that 2015 would be the warmest year on record, since we were only three-quarters through the year?

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My Resilient Design Course at BAC starts next week

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015

For the past several years, I’ve been teaching the online course, Resilient Design, through Boston Architectural College (BAC). The eight-week course runs from October 26 through December 18, 2015 and is limited to 15 students. It’s a great opportunity to dig into the issues of resilience at both a building scale and a community scale and to participate in in-depth online discussions. The course is offered through BAC’s Sustainable Design Institute and earns 1.5 credits that can be used towards a Masters in Design Studies or simply taken as continuing education. Here’s the course...

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