Resilient design for a changing world

REli is now delivered by Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability (MTS). Read the press release to learn more.

RELi is a rating system and leadership standard that takes a holistic approach to resilient design. It is used by companies, developers, city planners, architects, bond insurers and more to assess and plan for all of the acute hazards that buildings and communities can face during unplanned events, prepare to mitigate against these hazards and design and construct buildings to maintain critical life-saving services in the event of extended loss of power, heating fuel or water.

Around the world, governments, businesses, private developers and city planners and officials are spearheading a growing movement to make structures in vulnerable communities more resilient through improved preventative action. The increasing frequency of dramatic weather events has brought an even greater urgency to create buildings and communities that are better adapted to a changing climate and better able to bounce back from disturbances and interruptions.

Resilience is more than physically withstanding major natural disasters – it is a crucial factor in how we survive weather extremes, economic disruption and resource depletion. Ultimately, it is about a community’s ability to come together in the aftermath of an extreme event. The ability of a community to bounce back ultimately benefits everyone. Green buildings are one of the best ways companies and communities can future proof, support climate action, improve quality of life and make an immediate impact.

Sustainable buildings are the cornerstone to enhancing community resilience. They are driving resilience-enhancing designs, technologies, materials and methods. To support these efforts, green buildings must incorporate practices such as the use of durable materials, thoughtful site selection, rainwater collection, demand response, grid islanding, maximal energy efficiency, on-site renewable energy generation and more. All of these strategies are explored, exemplified, and measured by the RELi rating system.