LEED Certification and Resilience Planning

December 14, 2021

The severe Winter Storm Uri in Texas in February 2021 caused both devastating loss of life as well as a financial fallout to the state of up to $130 billion, as estimated by the Federal Bank of Dallas. The power loss damaged physical infrastructure and agriculture, disrupted the supply chain, and impacted the building and construction industry in Texas.

The detrimental economic impact of the storm has made it increasingly important for the building and construction industry to plan for unforeseen events through resilience planning applied to building design and technology. Businesses that prioritize resilience within their facility can help prepare them for unanticipated weather challenges.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED building certification has been an influence in integrating resilience planning into building design and maintenance, including new construction, interior design, operations, and core and shell. The USGBC includes standards for resilience planning through a series of resilient design pilot credits, which are available to building projects looking to be certified through LEED. These include: 

  • Assessment and Planning for Resilience
  • Designing for Enhanced Resilience
  • Passive Survivability and Back-Up Power During Disruptions

These LEED credits emphasize strategies such as energy efficiency, demand response, durable materials, and logistic site selection. For more information about our construction services and how to become LEED-certified, please contact Vanguard Resources at (210) 495-1950 or email us at info@vanguardresources.com.

*Information from this article was found from https://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Why-Green-Building-is-Synonymous-with-Resilience–18583