New RELi standard addresses disaster resilience

The goal is to encourage city planners, project developers, and businesses to build and operate facilities that can better withstand shocks

By Peter Fabris, Contributor | September 21, 2015

Design firm Perkins+Will has unveiled the RELi standard that uses a points system similar to the LEED model to guide design for disaster resilience. The goal is to encourage city planners, project developers, and businesses to build and operate facilities that can better withstand shocks such as super storms, sea-level rise, drought, heat waves or social unrest.

With 194 requisites and credits, the resilience standard likely will operate on a 1,000-point scale and offer three or four levels of certification. The standard fills a void for insurance underwriters who currently lack a protocol to value the green and resilient attributes of a project, according to Perkins+Will executives. Those who develop properties according to this standard could be rewarded with lower insurance rates.

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