The forthcoming ASTM E3130, Developing Cost-Effective Community Resilience Strategies will inform authorities on ways to withstand, respond to and recover from a range of potential catastrophes, such as natural hazards, utility outages and human-caused disruptions. Developed by ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings, the new standard provides an economic framework to evaluate investment strategies, plus a seven-step approach to help communities formulate their own resilience plans.
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“Investments in community-resilience projects are difficult due to unknowns surrounding the frequency and magnitude of natural, technological, and human-caused disruptions,” says National Institute for Standards and Technology’s David Butry, E06 member. “Accounting for low-probability, high-consequence events challenges traditional economic evaluation methods, but this standard aims to fill that need. [It] can be used to integrate community resilience plans with economic development, zoning, hazard mitigation, and other community planning activities that affect buildings, public works, and infrastructure systems.”
ASTM E3130 is aligned with the U.S. National Preparedness System and complements NIST’s Community Resilience Planning Guide. It will be available from ASTM International customer relations, 877/909-ASTM; www.astm.org.
NEW GREEN GLOBES MAPS RESILIENCE
After three years of open dialogue and consensus-based decision making, Green Building Initiative (GBI) in Portland, Ore., is consummating an American National Standards Institute-modeled process to update ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings, which frames the 2013 Green Globes building rating system.
The forthcoming American National Standard, Green Globes Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings, builds on its predecessor with new sections, criteria or topics: Site and building resilience; Resource conservation, addressing minimized raw material use; and, Building risk assessment, spurring project teams to review sites for potential weather, flood, soil stability, and earthquake hazards, while crafting emergency response plans.
“We’ve been really impressed by the level of participation as we watched the industry update this standard for green building certification,” says GBI CEO Vicki Worden. “We’re excited to work collaboratively with other organizations on education to advance new concepts and best practices.”
A unique aspect of Green Globes certification, GBI notes, is the assignment of an assessor to each project who provides a customized report on achievements and opportunities for improvement. “One thing GBI has consistently done well is collect input from users and put that to work in the certification process,” affirms Eric Truelove, a Green Globes pilot project assessor and principal of Green Building Resources. “Green Globes offers a superior delivery mechanism with a user-friendly system that doesn’t simply tell people what to do, it shows them how to do it. This is something users highly value, as it helps them put their green building aspirations into practice.”
A revision of the American National Standard, coupled with pilot projects abiding forthcoming criteria, builds upon Green Globes’ reputation as a third-party green building rating system. In the past five years, GBI has certified 850-plus Green Globes projects in the U.S. The number of certified buildings increased 118 percent from 2015 to 2017, nearly two-thirds of that gain last year. — www.TheGBI.org
CUMMINS TAGS #HURRICANESTRONG
A major player in residential and commercial back-up power solutions—along side on- and off-road vehicle engines—Cummins Inc. has partnered with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) as a corporate sponsor of #HurricaneStrong, a national resilience initiative to empower the public with hurricane safety and mitigation information. #HurricaneStrong aims to save lives and homes through collaboration with leading organizations in the disaster safety movement, including Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and The Weather Channel. It provides information for families and homeowners through home improvement store workshops, children’s programming, local and national news media, school lesson plans, special events, and social media channels.
“After one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, with 17 named storms, the importance of preparedness is even more evident. #HurricaneStrong is a great initiative to inform the public on ways to remain safe, reduce cost from storm damage and save lives and homes during hurricane season,” says Cummins Marketing Communications Leader Joanne Hanson. “Raising public awareness is the first step in helping to ensure safety and preparedness.”