Thanks to the ongoing work by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), the U.S. Green Building Council has adopted LEED pilot credits that “provide incentives for design teams to plan, design, and build for resilience.”
With these new LEED credits, the concrete construction industry will give tax incentives that will provide building owners with motivation to reduce typical human and financial losses that occur during disaster events.
From a press release by NRMCA, the three new pilot credits that reward design teams for adopting residency strategies are:
1. Assessment and Planning for Resilience. In this credit, the design team must complete in pre-design a Hazard Assessment prerequisite to identify critical hazards, plus at least one of two options of either Climate Resilience Planning or Emergency Preparedness Planning (1 Point). Click here for details.
2. Design for Enhanced Resilience. In this credit, the design team must design its project to specific design standards (including FORTIFIED for Safer Business) for the top three hazards identified in the Assessment and Planning for Resilience credit (1 Point). Click here for more details.
3. Passive Survivability and Functionality during Emergencies. In this credit, the design team must meet any two of the three options that include thermal resilience (livable conditions in a building after a disaster), back-up power or access to potable water (1 point). Click here for more details.
To learn more about these new LEED proposal credits, click here.