This piece was previously published on the GBIG blog by USGBC MAP Fellow Evan Bowechop.
In a world with a changing climate, building designers, developers, investors, and entire communities are increasingly exposed to risks that cannot be navigated by referencing historic conditions alone. This is the central challenge that is explored in a 2011 research paper, co-authored by USGBC and the University of Michigan, that explores climate-related vulnerabilities and both mitigation and adaptation strategies that green buildings can prioritize through the LEED framework.
In 2013, USGBC built on this report by releasing the LEED Climate Resilience Screening Tool as a complement to the LEED v2009 suite of rating systems. This tool, says Dr. Chris Pyke, “provides a practical framework to identify climate sensitivities and prioritize opportunities to promote resilience through green building.”
Since then, resilience has rapidly emerged as a central focus for businesses, the real estate community and policymakers alike. A growing number of organizations and both private and government programs are developing tools and pledging support for increased resilience.