RDI in the News

Wilson featured on Building Capacity Blog

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013

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

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

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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RDI got a nice shout-out from Thornton Tomasetti

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013

Thornton Tomasetti is a highly regarded structural engineering firm–and the structural engineer of six of the ten world’s tallest buildings that are built or under construction, including the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, which at over 1,000 meters will be the world’s tallest. In recent years, the firm has expanded into sustainable design with the acquisition of Fore Solutions in Portland, Maine and Simon & Associates in San Francisco, and the company is increasingly focusing on resilience. Thus, I was thrilled that RDI was highlighted in Thornton Tomasetti’s...

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NYC sustainability advocate blogs about Alex Wilson

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013

Alex was in New York for meeting of the Municipal Art Society about preparing the city for future emergencies like Hurricane Sandy. Here’s an excellent summary by Dan Miner, who blogs at BeyondOilNYC. The historical data is showing huge increases in intense storm events, especially in the Northeast and Midwest. With our insufficient progress in reducing carbon emissions, climate related disasters will keep increasing. The green building community will increasingly have to meet the need for resilient design, learn how to build net zero energy homes, and to apply those design...

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RDI’s Alex Wilson interviewed by Chicago Tribune

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013

The Chicago Tribune’s Mary Umberger spoke with RDI’s Alex Wilson about how builders can make homes much more disaster resistant — and how his thinking shifted from “passive survivability” to “resilience.” Generally, I think the building industry is starting to pay attention. It’s a tricky issue for builders, because it means marketing a negative. But they’re already promoting heat-recovery ventilators that are used to maintain safe indoor air quality, and that’s a similar kind of thing — you’re providing a message that your...

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