RDI in the News

Resilience forum in Boston

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 | 0 comments

The RDI’s Alex Wilson spoke at a recent forum in Boston called  “Building a Resilient City: Preparing Our Buildings for Climate Change,” sponsored by A Better City. From the report on the forum in EcoRInews:  Alex Wilson, president of Resilient Design Institute and executive editor of Environmental Building News, suggested other construction strategies. He said he believes all new construction in the United States should be built to the hurricane standards now used in Miami. He also recommended using flood-resistant building materials instead of ordinary carpeting and...

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Two major resilient design events

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 | 0 comments

This one will feature RDI’s Alex Wilson as a panelist: a discussion at the United Nations entitled Resilient Design for Sustainable Urbanization — Friday, October 4. Info here.  And, on Thursday in Boston: Building A Resilient City: Preparing Our Buildings for Climate Change, the second event in A Better City’s “Building A Resilient City” series. Alex will be speaking at this event also. Info...

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RDI’s role in two recent reports

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 | 0 comments

RDI’s role in two recent reports

There’s a new blog from Urban Green on the reach that the NYC Buildings Resiliency Task Force report has had beyond New York City. RDI was involved with one of these new reports–for the City of Boston. You can access the Urban Green blog here, or download a PDF of the Boston report, Building Resiliency in Boston, directly. Also, if you haven’t had a chance to look at the NYC report itself, I’d encourage you to take a look at both the summary report and a more detailed report with descriptions of each of the proposals coming out of the Task Force. You can view or...

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Wilson featured on Building Capacity Blog

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 | 0 comments

RDI’s Alex Wilson (who is speaking tomorrow at the GAF Commercial Partners in Growth conference in Nashville), was interviewed recently by Building Capacity Blog. Here’s a link, and here’s a snippet, in which he responds to the question of whether sustainable building and resilience may sometimes be in conflict: I think there are aspects of green building that at some level may be in opposition to resilience. For example, redundancy is an important aspect of resilience, while efficiency is more in line with green building. This is fine; we’ll need to rethink some...

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Resilient design for hospitality spaces

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 | 0 comments

RDI and resilient design are being mentioned even in unlikely places, such as this mention at Boutique Design in the context of designing hotels and other hospitality spaces. It underscores our conviction that resilience to climate change and other environmental challenges should be built into any new building or retrofit.

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Interview with Alex

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 | 0 comments

Sustainable Industries has posted this interview with RDI’s Alex Wilson.  From the interview: The biggest challenge we face in trying to make our buildings more resilient is to dramatically improve the energy performance of existing homes. That’s a huge challenge. It will require innovative outboard insulation systems, high-performance window treatments, and other measures like those, and I believe that there is tremendous entrepreneurial opportunities with such products and systems. It will also require innovative financing approaches, the introduction of insurance policies that...

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