The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has produced this brief report to highlight how states and communities are responding to the risks they face in both the short and long-term. The report features the voices of experts from the public and private sector who participated in the November 2017 Greenbuild roundtable in Boston, entitled “Building Back Better after the Storm.” Each article aims to connect resilience needs with smarter, stronger, and greener solutions that can be implemented at the state level. The series details how states can prepare for, respond to, and learn from disasters, and how they can support greater resilience at both the state and local levels. According to FEMA, 33 states issued declarations of disaster in 2017.
The effects of climate change ensure storms will grow more frequent and intense in the decades to come. In response, many communities, like those featured in this report, have implemented resilience strategies like rapid response and recovery, long-term resilience planning, government collaboration, and financing mechanisms for resilient infrastructure. USGBC and the Center for Green Schools promoted these policies at Greenbuild 2017 during a roundtable with state lawmakers, government program administrators, and industry experts, and continue to engage in similar conversations with policymakers around the nation. By illuminating the successful actions taken by communities during disaster recovery, this report strives to encourage states around the country to take similar proactive steps to improve their communities’ sustainability and resilience.
Industry misconceptions around high cost and poor market interest in energy efficient homes continue to obstruct the mass adoption of low carbon housing. Josh’s House demonstrates that low carbon housing is accessible and cost effective. The Star Performers series showcases how...Read more
A rapid review on green-rated office buildings, and their operational energy use, found that the conclusions of six studies ranged from the certified buildings performing worse, similarly or much better than the non-certified buildings in terms of energy usage intensity. Two...Read more
When South Eastern Australia was in severe drought at the beginning of the century, a whole array of efforts went into addressing the water shortage. Councils introduced, and then increased, water restrictions. Government handed out low-flow showerheads and shower timers,...Read more
Cities and states are always looking for ways to more efficiently and effectively deliver public services, such as flood management, resource conservation, pollution prevention, social equity and human health.
The powerpoint presentation gives an overview of how resilience could align with USGBC's mission. Outline of the resilience-enhancing strategies within LEED and each of GBCI's rating systems, links to USGBC resilience collateral, etc. LEED, PEER, SITES, RELi, GRESB and LEED for Cities (including STAR).
The contribution of buildings to climate change has become widely acknowledged. On 3 December 2015, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) held the first ‘buildings day’ at COP 21 (the UN Climate Change Conference) devoted to the decarbonization of the building stock.
Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Relief, or CDBG-DR, are allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to affected states and local governments to aid long-term recovery of community infrastructure following major disasters.