The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has adopted a national construction resilience standard developed by the Minneapolis office of the Perkins + Will architecture firm.
The standard, called RELi, will be incorporated into the council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, better known as LEED. Perkins + Will senior associate and architect Doug Pierce developed the standard as the principal investigator for the Washington, D.C.-based Capital Markets Partnership, which promotes incorporating green building practices into the standard real estate underwriting processes.
RELi is a point-based system in which buildings gain recognition and certification through hazard preparedness, disaster recovery, crisis communications, resilient food production, health promotion, energy efficiency, water-use reduction and other practices.
“We’re hoping to move things to the next level of transformation,” said Pierce, co-director of Perkins + Will’s Resilience Research Lab. “This will offer a more robust look at sustainability and resilience.”
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