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Living with the Old, Building for the New: Resilient Buildings

Living with the Old, Building for the New: Resilient Buildings

Built Environment Track

This session provided best practices for local decision makers to identify risks to existing buildings from climate change and to plan for new construction in consideration of those risks. Building and zoning regulatory changes focused on resiliency, adaptation, and mitigation will be examined through the lens of case studies.

This session covered:

Smart growth, low impact development, and best planning and design practices to enhance building resilience

How the design of buildings that are core to community functions – healthcare, public safety, and key commercial buildings – are being designed differently to enhance resilience and provide for the changing climate

Practitioners’ recommendations about design for climate adaptation that should be incorporated into community and regional planning, overlay districts, and building codes
Consideration of enhancing protective measures in increasingly vulnerable areas versus relocating

Participants will leave this session with an understanding of resources and tools that can be used to conduct vulnerability assessments and designs and retrofits to foster resilience through assimilating or accommodating projected impacts.

Moderator: Rob Graff, Manager, Office of Energy and Climate Initiatives, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Alex Wilson, President, Resilient Design Institute
Willa Kuh, Director of Planning Sustainability Practice, Affiliated Engineers, Inc (AEI)




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