Investing in Resiliency

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A study was conducted in 2013 where over 89 countries were studied who had experienced significant climate-based and man-made disasters. According to the study these countries were disproportionately more successful at recovering, than were countries who hasn’t faced them. They don’t just replace broken infrastructure, they upgrade it. They tend to use these investments to update their machines so that they break less.

 Massive flooding in eastern Australia, forcing the evacuation of some 40,000 people and untolled hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

The study found that when floods hit Australia organizations choose not to cover up their underlying business process, but to change them. That way they could fix the root of the problem instead of just fixing symptoms.

Resiliency is the New Green. We must take Action. We must Change. Climate Change is not a figment of our imagination but a reality that we and future generations face.

A view of the new barrier system and grounds
outside the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Time is of the essence to accelerate the reduction of carbon emissions and reclaim the environment above and below the oceans and in the atmosphere.

In the wake of devastating natural disasters around the globe, there’s been a big push for resilient buildings to protect the people and cities that depend upon them for survival. However, builders are also constantly faced with other pressures that involve cost and demand during times of growth in the real estate sector.

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Industry leaders recently came together in San Francisco and San Jose, California to discuss the business decisions involved in investing in sustainability and financing resilient infrastructure. And the Urban Land Institute Center for Sustainability released a report, “Returns on Resilience,” that addresses the return on investment for several building projects focused on resiliency.

Let’s look a little closer at what resilient buildings are and how economical they really are for companies to build and invest in.

Resilient vs. Eco-Friendly Buildings

Green construction is an entirely different concept than resilient construction, but they are two ideas that really go hand-in-hand. To be considered “resilient,” buildings must be able to withstand intense natural and manmade disasters. The Urban Land Institute defines resilience as “the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events.”

The founder of BuildingGreen, Alex Wilson, shared the following statement in this regard:

It turns out that many of the strategies needed to achieve resilience–such as really well-insulated homes that will keep their occupants safe if the power goes out or interruptions in heating fuel occur–are exactly the same strategies we have been promoting for years in the green building movement. The solutions are largely the same, but the motivation is one of life-safety, rather than simply doing the right thing. We need to practice green building, because it will keep us safe–a powerful motivation–and this may be the way to finally achieve widespread adoption of such measures.

Features of Resilient Buildings

To help buildings stand up against whatever is thrown at them, these are some of the common features of modern resilient buildings: Highly insulated building envelopes and triple insulated glazing for low external energy inputs;Flexible, multi-use buildings; Construction plans that maximize manual labor and minimize oil-fueled machines;

https://www.investopedia.com/the-green-new-deal-explained-4588463

This link explains the green new deal and also shows a chart of how much more energy we use and damage Americans do to the environment. Please consider your carbon footprint in your day to day life in an effort to make like bearable for future generations. We are all just visitors on this planet.

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB966 Legislation that matters for the air we breathe- addressing cement pollution and toxins. Thank you, Assemblyman Bonta, for this bill!

Thank you to the Sierra Club for doing research on the levels of pollution from the plants.

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Sierra Club Statement on Cement Report and Industry …www.sierraclub.org › press-releases › 2019/02 › sierra-.

Bold New Legislation in California is setting an example by adopting the Green New Deal for the State of California, despite the lack of leadership in the US currently on what many believe is the most important matter we share as one global society of humanity. The Link above takes action to clean up the cement industry and the off-gassing of toxins in the production clinkering plants polluting the earth at an alarming rate as the population rises and more structure and infrastructure is built. We offer clean alternative cement products that do not require clinker plants and drastically reduce the carbon footprint . At the same time our products last decades longer, do not off-gas, and provide greater strength to new and renovation materials alike.

“All Religions, Arts and Sciences, are branches of the same tree.” Albert Einstein

Perhaps the Covid-19 Pandemic has united us in some way as a planet and shaken our very core with fears of extinction, which is imminent unless we heed the many warnings and respond with a Call to Action around this planet and take immediate action to the fullest in protecting the environment.