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Alex Wilson co-facilitated the working group that developed the new LEED pilot credits on resilience with Mary Ann LazarusThis article was previously published on the Resilient Design Institute blog

I am thrilled to report that the suite of three LEED pilot credits on resilient design, which the Resilient Design Institute has spearheaded, were approved yesterday by the LEED Steering Committee. This follows approval of the credits last week by the LEED Pilot Credit Committee.

RDI has been promoting such credits since January 2013 and then led their development since September 2014 with an active committee of practitioners facilitated by me and Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, a member of the RDI Advisory Board. Other key participants in the credit-development process are listed at the end of this article.

Overview of the credits

There are three credits in the new LEED pilot credits on resilient design. These fall into the Integrative Process category of LEED (thus the IP in the credit identities), and they are pilot credits (pc in the identities). In the LEED Rating System, they are applicable to all Building Design and Construction (BD+C) rating systems, along with Homes and Mid-Rise Residential rating systems.

In a nutshell, these three credits are designed to ensure that a design team is aware of vulnerabilities and addresses the most significant risks in the project design, including functionality of the building in the event of long-term interruptions in power or heating fuel.

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Manager of Project Development, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
We have seen an interest in the Northeast in assessing flood hazards on commercial property transactions during due diligence when FEMA flood zones are encountered, This climate change hazard assessment process should become standard operating procedure when constructing in areas where sea level rise and surge hazards add to flood risk. FEMA does not address climate change impacts in their FIRMs yet so the flooding risk can be higher than a map may indicate.
Senior Sustainability Planner, City of West Hollywood
This suite of credits are a significant addition to the LEEDv4 pilot credit library. Given the persistent climate conditions that continue to threaten the built environment year-over-year, these credits will play an important role of focusing conversations about climate resilience throughout the continuum of planning, design, and construction. Bravo to Alex Wilson, RDI, and the USGBC teams for coming together and doing such a thoughtful and thorough job on the delivery of these credits.
Managing Director, Greenterm Consulting LLC.
BuildingGreen was working on it quite long time. New pilot credits address the riskiest vulnerabilities through the project’s design.
Project Manager, Boffi Usa
Definitely challenging pilot credits. Nonetheless, probably extremely important due to the well demonstrated effects of climate change.

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