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Category: Resilient Design

Unveiling Resilience 2021: A new built environment webinar series by NIBS

The National Institute of Building Sciences has launched a monthly webinar series, Resilience 2021, around the built environment and the events that continue to challenge the nation and its building communities. “From natural disasters and social unrest to a pandemic that followed us into a new year, the past 12 months have changed lives and businesses,” says Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS. “Our webinar series will address how a year of challenges ultimately can build resilience in our communities, infrastructure and the places we live, work, learn and play.”

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Global Resiliency Dialogue releases report detailing consideration of climate risk in building codes

The Global Resiliency Dialogue published findings of its first international survey in the report, “The Use of Climate Data and Assessment of Extreme Weather Event Risks in Building Codes around the World.” The report is the first deliverable of the Global Resiliency Dialogue and provides valuable context about the current level of integration of climate science in the provisions of advanced building codes around the world.

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Applications open for communities to pilot new buildings and housing benchmarks

The Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR), a member of the International Code Council’s family of solutions, has opened the application process for communities to join an in-depth piloting program for new buildings and housing benchmarks. As part of the program, communities will participate in ANCR’s Community Resilience Benchmarks (CRB) system, which supports communities in evaluating their current resilience and identifying strategies for improvement. Uniquely, this system assesses the social, organizational and infrastructural aspects of communities to enable examination of the community’s vulnerabilities and strengths.

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FGIA offers hurricane resources, FAQs as season begins

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 each year. To help those in the industry both prepare and share relevant information with consumers, the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has prepared a series of hurricane-related resources. These include a frequently asked questions section about hurricane protection, a white paper on storm-driven rain and several FGIA technical documents.

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The International Code Council hosts virtual discussion on the effects of COVID-19 on the building safety industry for Building Safety Month

The third week of Building Safety Month – an international campaign celebrated for 40 years during May and developed by the International Code Council – focuses on resiliency, sustainability and innovation. The Code Council will host its third installment of the Building Safety Month Webinar Series on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 1:00 PM ET.

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U.S. Green Building Council launches global economic recovery strategy

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced a new strategy, Healthy People in Healthy Places Equals a Healthy Economy, intended to leverage LEED and the community implementing the rating system to support buildings and communities in a post-pandemic world. The strategy is guided by the idea that prioritizing the health of people, communities and the planet is the fastest way to rebuild a healthier, more sustainable economy. A series of actions are underway, including launching emergency guidance and upgrades to the LEED green building program to ensure that it reflects the realities that buildings, and more importantly, the people inside them, will face in the near future.

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The Statue of Liberty Museum, designed by FXCollaborative, achieves LEED Gold certification

The US Green Building Council recently awarded The Statue of Liberty Museum, designed by FXCollaborative, LEED Gold certification in recognition of the project’s sustainable design and respect for its ecological and environmental impact. The museum’s design features integrated resiliency measures as well as high-performance systems, highly insulated walls, extensive thermal bridge mitigation, glass orientation that minimizes solar heat gain, radiant floor heating, demand-control ventilation, high-efficiency lighting, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

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Wind-resistant Tectum® IIIW Roof Deck Panels from Armstrong now Miami-Dade NOA Approved

Tectum IIIW Roof Deck panels are comprised of a 1-1/2″ or thicker Tectum substrate, 3-to-8-inch thick extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation, and 19/32″ plywood sheathing with a slip-resistant surface. Components are bonded with code-listed structural adhesives. The Tectum substrate is composed of rapidly renewable and FSC-certified aspen wood fiber and contributes to LEED® V4 criteria.  

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American Concrete Institute announces new position statements

“These position statements provide a vehicle for the American Concrete Institute to advocate on issues of code development and code adoption in support of our expanded mission,” states Steve Szoke, ACI Advocacy Engineer. “The Institute has used and will continue to use these statements to align ACI efforts with other industry organizations to more effectively influence programs, policies, rules, and regulations related to concrete and concrete technology,” continues ACI Advocacy Engineer, Kerry Sutton.

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The Cradle to Cradle program certifies products based on five quality categories—material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Click here to see a list of building supply & materials, as well as other products, that are Cradle to Cradle certified.