Gaines Group Architects

Green Terms Defined: Resilient Design

As our weather patterns change, we have to change the way we think about the built environment. We have seen the challenges the built environment faces from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. We have seen it in the flooding in Texas. We have seen the challenges from tornadoes in the mid-West. How do we change our approach to design and building?

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According to the Resilient Design Institute resilience is the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance. It is the capacity to bounce back after a disturbance or interruption. Compared to climate change, resilience addresses the adaptation to a wide range of regional and localized impacts that are expected to come with a warming planet including intense storms, greater precipitation, coastal and valley flooding, longer and more severe droughts, wildfires, melting permafrost, warmer temperatures, and power outages.

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Resilient design is the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions in response to these vulnerabilities.

Things to include:

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Pervious Concrete

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Solar Panels

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Durable wall systems

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Solar hot water

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Rainwater Harvesting

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Composting

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Gardens

How should our buildings adapt to extreme weather events?

The number and strength of extreme weather events continues to increase. Watching the news we see stories of floods, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and extreme cold temperatures. The news coverage shows buildings that no longer exist. Piles of rubble where once birthdays were celebrated. Crushed spirits where once a small business thrived.

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How will your home survive? Will it survive? Which storms are you prepared for in the future? What temperature extremes can your home remain comfortable?

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Resilient design is the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance. It is the capacity to bounce back after a disturbance or interruption of some sort.

What level should we design our buildings? What extreme weather are you planning for in your designs?