A Summer Reading List Recommendation:
As we settle into the lazy days of summer and are on the cusp of hurricane season, I offer an insightful addition to your summer reading list - Retrofit Magazine’s Special Report: How to Make Buildings More Resilient (July/August 2019 issue).
In the Special Report, the call is made for the architectural and buildings industries to “lead the charge” in making our buildings and infrastructure more resilient in the face of growing physical and cyber threats. I am proud that two BCSE members, EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) are doing just that and contributed to this report (see below for links to their articles). The report focuses on how organizations like these are offering insight and assistance to building practitioners and to the broader policy-making community on how to make homes and buildings safer and more resilient.
The BCSE represents many technology solutions and industries, including energy efficiency, the building envelope, on-site generation and more, that can immediately strengthen the resilience of our building stock. As the report highlights, relatively modest investments in roof and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can capture the “resilience dividend” for communities today.
There are great opportunities for us ̶ businesses, governments and communities ̶ to work together to capture these multiple benefits that investing in resilience delivers, from the ability to remain operational during extreme weather to significant cost savings to families, businesses and communities.
About the Author: Lisa Jacobson is the President of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE).