RELi Resiliency Action List + Catalog


Welcome to the RELi Resiliency Action List + Credit Catalog. RELi <pronounced rely> integrates a comprehensive listing of resilient design criteria with the latest in proven integrative process for developing next generation communities, neighborhoods, buildings, homes and infrastructure. It is similar to LEED® with a lens on resiliency. The Action List + Credit Catalog are resources included in the RELi Green + Resilient Property Underwriting and Finance Standard. RELi was developed through an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited process as a National Consensus Standard.

OPEN the RELi Action List + Credit Catalog Reference Brief Here (w/ Minor Revisions July 12, 2015) →
RELi Resiliency Action List + Credit Catalog REFERENCE BRIEF (Online Flipbook)

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DOWNLOAD the RELi Resiliency Action List Here ↓
RELi Resiliency ACTION LIST (4 Page PDF) 


DOWNLOAD the RELi Tally Sheet Here ↓

Finance + Commerce Article on RELi →
“Sustainable: Resiliency is the Next Stage for Building Design”

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



The following definition of resiliency has guided our selection of metrics and measures for inclusion in the RELi Resiliency Action List and 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.

At its most basic level, RELi is a simple, but comprehensive “to-do” list. Using even a few of its selective parts can improve a project’s adaptive potential. At a higher level, RELis Requisites + Credits can be viewed as patterns forming a web of interconnected relationships with emergent, intangible properties. RELi will be most effective when used in combination with a well managed, integrative design approach where it can inform the basic concepts that shape a design or solution. We encourage you to think of RELi as a catalog of great ideas and patterns to be blended with other concepts + resources in the pursuit of deeply resilient, living designs.

For ease of use, RELi is structured much like LEED® and other point based rating systems. If you know LEED, LBC, SMaRT, SB2030 or other Leadership Programs, you can readily apply your existing knowledge to RELi. RELi can stand alone as its own consensus based certification or you can pursue LEED, LBC and other certifications to demonstrate compliance with many of RELi’s regenerative, restorative and sustainable elements.

The RELi Action List + Credit Catalog has the breadth, depth and fundamental requirements needed to launch almost any project forward in pursuit of resiliency. However capturing all-things resilient or salient to a specific project is more than a single list can accomplish, so we’ve included ample space for applied creativity, innovation and leadership within the RELi framework. Wholistic, systems based design, planning + operations are a priority for RELi and the use of a basic, integrative process is required.

Resiliency is an emergent property that exists when the parts, pieces + patterns are properly integrated to create a close fit with each other, the project needs and its context. For teams seeking to explore advanced resiliency, RELi’s Panoramic Approach credits outline methods for using the Action List line-items as seed for creating a highly  interactive + integrated resilient system. RELi can also be a great starting point for many regenerative, restorative and sustainable designs.

The RELi Flipbook Reference Brief, pages 4-7 contain basic tips and how-to-use information for RELi.

The C3 Living Design Project is dedicated to providing access to advanced thinking and practice methods for applying RELi at it’s highest level. To discover more, visit the C3LD homepage or follow us on Twitter @C3LivingDesign.


RELi on its own is an easy to use Action List. To be highly effective and go beyond a
scorecard approach to using RELi, the Action List should be combined with the types of
whole systems thinking Michelle Holliday discusses in this inspiring TEDx Talk.

The talk is focused on business organizations, but it adapts well to projects,
neighborhoods and communities.



The RELi Resilient Action List + Credit Catalog was developed over the past 5 years through the generous participation of professionals, experts and graduate students at the following organizations: C3 Living Design, The Capital Markets Partnership’s National Safety + Resiliency CommitteeAIA Minnesota, AREA ResearchPerkins + Will and the University of Minnesota School of Architecture Masters in Sustainable Design program. A wide range of experts and institutions participated in development during the fall 2014 RELi public comment period (technically named the “Safety & Resiliency Underwriting Standard Amendment”). We would like to thank all those who volunteered, providing valued insight and knowledge. The RELi concensus development process was administered by The Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability (MTS) located in Washington D.C. MTS is an ANSI accredited standards developer following the ANSI approved National Consensus Process.

The Principle Investigator for the RELi Acton List + Credit Catalog is Douglas Pierce AIA, LEED Fellow.

We hope you will join us in taking an important step towards creating not only a sustainable, restorative and regenerative world, but one that is also resilient by using the RELi Resilient Action List to guide your projects.


Resiliency 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 resiliency 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.

“10 Years after Hurricane Katrina the Lower 9th Ward is a Love Story of Resistance + Renewal”
Sierra Club – Lower 9th Ward: Rightfully Returned


“Where’re the eyes, the eyes with the will to see; Where are the hearts that run over with mercy;
Where’s the work that’ll set my hands, my soul free; Where’s the spirit that’ll reign over me;
We Take Care of Our Own, From Chicago to New Orleans … to the Superdome”  

Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care of Our Own