Posts Tagged "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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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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2012 CERES Insurance Industry Study: Progress Slow, Urgently Needed

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013

Climate-change-related disasters threaten industry profitability, and may drive less-prepared companies from a variety of asset and risk classes. A reduction in the availability and affordability of insurance and risk management services can threaten the economy...

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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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The New Orleans Principles

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013

My interest in resilience was first kindled by work I did with many others in 2005, following Hurricane Katrina. Seeing the devastation wrought on the Gulf Coast by this storm, several chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council, particularly St. Louis and Little Rock, wanted to do what they could to help out. I was invited into the process, and we organized a series of charrettes at the 2005 Greenbuild conference in Altlanta. Some 160 people participated in those charrettes, one-fifth of them from New Orleans and the greater Gulf Coast region. Out of those charrettes emerged several reports,...

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