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RELi + Resilient Design

Welcome to the RELi Resilience Action List + Credit Catalog.  RELi <pronounced rely> combines a comprehensive list of resilient design criteria with the latest in proven integrative process for developing next generation communities, neighborhoods, buildings, homes and infrastructure.  RELi is a project rating system similar to LEED®, but with added emphasis on resilience. The Credit Catalog includes new resilience-based actions (requisites + credits) pioneered for RELi in 2014.

RELi also aggregates action items from other sustainable guidelines that support resiliency. RELi Categories include: Panoramic Approach, Hazard Preparedness, Hazard Adaptation, Community Vitality, Productivity / Health + Diversity, Energy / Water + Food, Materials + Artifacts and Applied Creativity.

Design method is an important part of achieving high-performing resilient design outcomes. In response, RELi combines a comprehensive + expandable action list with an integrative process that we call the Living Design Approach. This universal method is embodied in the RELi Panoramic Approach category as a series of requisites + credits. The RELi Reference Brief, along with other resources are openly available for use by project teams of all types.


UPDATED! RELi Action List + Credit Catalog
Reference Brief Online Flipbook, Pilot Version 1.2.1
(Abbreviated from the 2014 RELi National Consensus Standard)


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What is Resilience?

Resilience is one of five interwoven Living Design Metapatterns that include: Resilience, Restoration, Regeneration, Sustainability and Wellness. The following definition of resilience has guided our development and selection of metrics and measures for inclusion in the RELi Resilience Action List + Catalog:

Resilient Design pursues Buildings + Communities that are shock resistant, healthy, adaptable and regenerative through a combination of diversity, foresight and the capacity for self-organization and learning. A Resilient Society can withstand shocks and rebuild  itself when necessary. It requires humans to embrace their capacity to anticipate, plan and adapt for the future.

The RELi Action List + Credit Catalog expands on this definition of resilience by providing metrics, measures and indicators for resilient buildings, neighborhoods and communities. The slide show below provides an overview of RELi along with a detailed look at several of the requisites + credits included in the Credit Catalog.

About RELi + Resilience Slide Deck


Reports Citing RELi

Obama White House Office of Management + Budget (OMB), December 2016
RELi is referenced on page 24 as one of  seven programs warranting further consideration by Federal risk and insurance programs.
White House OMB Report “Standards and Finance To Support Community Resilience”

International Risk Governance Council | Report chaired by Leah Flax, Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities
RELi is one of only 5 resilience guides included in this informative white paper.
“Measuring Urban Resilience As You Build It – Insights from 100 Resilient Cities” 

The Energy, Kresge and Barr Foundations, May 2017 | Prepared by the Meister Consulting Group
Of the 14 guidelines reviewed, RELi is the only standard addressing facilities and communities holistically, including social vulnerability.
“Voluntary Resilience Standards: An Assessment of the Emerging Market for Resilience in the Built Environment.”

American Institute of Architects and the National Institute of Building Sciences, May 2016
AIA and NIBS worked together with nineteen industry organizations to develop this report and statement. RELi is included in the Planning Section.
“Preparing to Thrive: The Building Industry Statement on Resilience 2017”


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Obama White House Office of Management + Budget (OMB), December 2016
RELi is referenced on page 24 as one of  seven programs warranting further consideration by Federal risk and insurance programs.
White House OMB Report “Standards and Finance To Support Community Resilience”

International Risk Governance Council | Report chaired by Leah Flax, Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities
RELi is one of only 5 resilience guides included in this informative white paper.
“Measuring Urban Resilience As You Build It – Insights from 100 Resilient Cities” 

The Energy, Kresge and Barr Foundations, May 2017 | Prepared by the Meister Consulting Group
Of the 14 guidelines reviewed, RELi is the only standard addressing facilities and communities holistically, including social vulnerability.
“Voluntary Resilience Standards: An Assessment of the Emerging Market for Resilience in the Built Environment.”

American Institute of Architects and the National Institute of Building Sciences, May 2016
AIA and NIBS worked together with nineteen industry organizations to develop this report and statement. RELi is included in the Planning Section.
“Preparing to Thrive: The Building Industry Statement on Resilience 2017”

American Institute of Architects, March 2017
The Handbook addresses disaster response and preparedness, with an expanded section on mitigation, resilience and long-term recovery. RELi is included in Chapter 2 Hazard Reduction and Adaptation.
“Disaster Assistance Handbook” Third Edition, 2017

National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan | Ecological Indicators Scientific Journal, Volume 69, May 2016
RELi is part of this in-depth study of 36 resiliency assessment tools from around the world.
“A critical review of selected tools for assessing community resilience”

Great Plains Institute, February 2017
RELi is included as a resource for municipalities in preparing Requests for Proposals relative to Comprehensive Plans.
“Incorporating Energy and Climate Resilience into the City RFP Process”

US Green Building Council – Los Angeles Chapter
This report summarizes 2-years of work and thousands of hours of volunteer hours committed to the Building Resilience Project. RELi is included in multiple locations throughout the report.
“Building Resilience Los Angeles – A Primer for Facilities”

Metropolitan Council Local Planning Handbook | Minneapolis + St. Paul Metro Area
The purpose of the Handbook is to help communities update their local comprehensive plans. RELi is at the top of the Resilience Resource list.
Best Practices, Resilience

AIA Baltimore
“Top 10 Resilient Design Resources”



Articles + Panels Citing RELi

Building Operating Management & Facility Maintenance Decisions Magazine, July 2017
FacilitiesNet’s July 2017 Cover Story included interviews national resilience leaders including Doug Pierce of Perkins+Will and coverage of RELi.
“To Focus on Resilience, Focus Also on Sustainability”

Architect Journal: “Architects Author Climate Plan for Nation’s Capital”
Perkins+Will provides D.C. with adaptation strategies to confront the realities of climate change. RELi is not directly cited, but it was used extensively to inform development of  the D.C. plan.

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Icon Winter 2016 Article “Designing for Disaster”
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) article “Design for Disaster” includes in-depth interviews on RELi and resilience with both Doug Pierce and Courtney Johnston of Perkins+Will.
The discussion on RELi start on page 30.

Finance + Commerce Article on RELi
The article provides an overview of resilience and RELi. It includes interview with Doug Pierce of Perkins+Will, Principle Investigator leading the development of RELi.
“Sustainable: Resiliency is the Next Stage for Building Design”


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Building Operating Management & Facility Maintenance Decisions Magazine, July 2017
FacilitiesNet’s July 2017 Cover Story included interviews national resilience leaders including of Doug Pierce of Perkins+Will and coverage of RELi.
“To Focus on Resilience, Focus Also on Sustainability”

Architect Journal: “Architects Author Climate Plan for Nation’s Capital”
Perkins+Will provides D.C. with adaptation strategies to confront the realities of climate change. RELi is not directly cited, but it was used extensively to inform development of  the D.C. plan.

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Icon Winter 2016 Article “Designing for Disaster”
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) article “Design for Disaster” includes in-depth interviews on RELi and resilience with both Doug Pierce and Courtney Johnston of Perkins+Will.
The discussion about RELi start on page 30.

Finance + Commerce Article on RELi
The article provides an overview of resilience and RELi. It includes interview with Doug Pierce of Perkins+Will, Principle Investigator leading the development of RELi.
“Sustainable: Resiliency is the Next Stage for Building Design”

Urbanland – The magazine of the Urban Land Institute |  ULI Washington
Jon Penndorf of Perkins+Will, and one of the first RELi Resilience Professionals covers RELi at this May 2017 ULI Washington panel session.
“Cities Need to Build More Sustainabilily to Lower Housing Costs, Reduce Flood Risk”

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center | Performing Resilience: How to Get It Done
What are the practical things we can do as developers, designers, implementers and users of buildings and building systems?
“Sustainable and Resilient Cities: Actors, Case Studies and Innovative Approaches” 

Green Building Elements
“RELi Resiliency Standards Complement LEED Certification”

GreenBiz Article on RELi →
LEED for resilience? Paying for shock-proof infrastructure” 

Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Article on RELi 
“New RELi standard addresses disaster resilience”


 


Using RELi + The Living Design Approach

RELi at its most basic level is a simple, but comprehensive “to-do” list. Using even a few of its selective parts can improve a project’s adaptive potential. When applied at their most effective level, the RELi Action List requisites + credits (i.e. RELi’s selective parts) can create patterns forming a web of interconnected relationships with emergent, intangible properties.   Read More →


Who Developed RELi? 

RELi was developed over the past 7 years through the generous participation of professionals, experts and graduate students at Perkins + WillAREA ResearchC3 Living Design, The Capital Markets Partnership’s National Safety + Resiliency CommitteeAIA Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. The RELi consensus standard development process was administered by The Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability (MTS) in 2014. MTS is an ANSI accredited standards developer following the ANSI approved National Consensus Process. The Action List + Credit Catalog are resources included in the RELi Green + Resilient Property Underwriting and Finance Standard.  The Principle Investigator for the RELi Acton List + Credit Catalog is Douglas Pierce AIA, LEED Fellow, Senior Associate with Perkins+Will and Professor in Practice at the University of Minnesota.  Along with other pioneers such as the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program, RELi has helped to inspire the broader building + design industry to actively engage in resilience. We hope you will join us in the on-going and evolving pursuit of a resilient, regenerative + sustainable living world.


An Inspiring Story of Resilience

Resilience is an emergent property of living systems that arises from multiple sources, at any  location or within any living community. We’d like to share stories of resilience through different lenses, perspectives and voices as a way to inspire all people to take action. If you have a story you believe we should post, please share it with us through the C3 Living Design Contact Us page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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