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The WEDG Rating System: Are You Ready For It?

GBCI: 0920012865

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Did you know that approximately 25 million people in the U.S. live in areas vulnerable to coastal flooding. In addition, coastal and ocean activities generate approximately 58 percent of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Yet, the coastline is one of the land areas most vulnerable to climate change and the impacts of over development. Is there a rating system that address protecting shorelines as well as improving population access? Join us as we explore Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG), an incentive-based ratings system to make "waterfronts resilient, environmentally healthy, accessible, and equitable for all.
Eligible for .5 CE HOURS.
  • .5 CE

Published on: June 22, 2017

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Rising seas and powerful storms are taking a heavy toll on the people, wildlife, and natural habitat of the coastline. That said, development continues without consideration for the future of people living and working in the buildings and the delicate ecosystems under attack from climate change, human activities, and pollution. It is time to rethink how urban waterfronts are developed, and that is precisely why the Waterfront Alliance developed the Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG), an incentive-based ratings system to make "waterfronts resilient, environmentally healthy, accessible, and equitable for all."

The Waterfront Alliance created the Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG) program to answer a simple question: how can we create the best possible waterfront by promoting resilient, publicly accessible, and ecologically responsible design? The result of a collaboration between government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, technical experts, and other waterfront stakeholders, WEDG seeks to address this question through a new rating system and communication tool for landowners, community members, developers, designers, and engineers.

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Objectives

  1. Introduce the technical basis of WEDG®, a new rating system for resilient, accessible, and ecologically-responsible waterfront design.
  2. Analyze why the WEDG® rating system is needed
  3. Understand how the WEDG® rating system works
  4. Understand the relationship of WEDG® to other building rating systems
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Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
New York, NY
United States

Leaders

Diana Webb
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