RELi rating system improves project resiliency at every level

Jennifer Druliner

Last fall, USGBC and GBCI announced the adoption of the RELi rating system (RELi). RELi takes a holistic approach to resilient design. With more than 50 requirements and credits spread throughout eight categories, including panoramic design, hazard mitigation, materials used in construction and community vitality, RELi encompasses a wide variety of strategies and techniques. RELi also overlaps with other rating systems, particularly LEED.

First developed by the Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability (MTS) and its Capital Markets Partnership coalition in 2012, RELi includes a robust integrative process, acute hazard preparation and adaptation, along with chronic risk mitigation at the building and neighborhood scale.

USGBC is now leading the further refinement of RELi to synthesize the LEED Resilient Design pilot credits with RELi’s Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation credits.

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.

Unlike other resilience rating systems now available, RELi combines hazard-specific design criteria, such as tornado preparedness, with general resilience strategies, like energy efficiency. Instead of functioning merely as a benchmarking system, RELi’s system of requirements and credits, in addition to the third-party certification provided by GBCI, improves the resilience and accountability of a project at every level, including facility planning, design, operations and maintenance.

An update, RELi 2.0, is currently being reviewed by the RELi Steering Committee, a group of experts and professionals, organized by USGBC and MTS, working in the field of resilience and resilient design. RELi 2.0 builds on the existing RELi checklist and credit catalogue by clarifying the certification process, adding points and updating guidance to include more up-to-date scientific resources. The launch of RELi 2.0 is expected in late summer 2018.

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