Market Demand for Resilient Building Certifications

MArket Demand for Resilient Building Certifications - report cover



Published: April 2024

The rising frequency and scale of natural hazards pose an unprecedented threat to the built environment, jeopardizing the structural and economic fabric of our communities. These challenges threaten the integrity of real estate assets, public infrastructure, and communities, leading to negative operational, economic, and societal consequences.

In the North America, building codes generally focus on life safety as opposed to resilience based design. Building certifications could offer a pathway for practitioners, owners and operators to implement credentialed resilience guidance while garnering industry recognition for climate-safe advancements and proactive measures. They can also meet the need for a standardized resilience benchmark to help inform real estate reporting and investments, as well as insurance premium adjustments for assets that have implemented resilience design measures. Green Building certifications, for example, have served as a conduit for accredited decarbonization practices, not only achieving industry accolades for proactive sustainability but also setting a gold standard for performance. These efforts have guided investments, informed real estate reporting, and influenced the building policy landscape in many local jurisdictions.

However, there are few third-party resilience certifications for buildings available on the market – none that are widely accepted – and inconsistent guidance on designing for resilience. Recognizing this shortfall, Resilience Rising conducted a comprehensive survey with 59 cross-industry practitioner respondents, confirming an escalating demand for a resilience certification system that extends beyond traditional codes – a system that encapsulates a holistic, multi-hazard approach to resilience for buildings. In the following report, we summarize the findings of this industry-wide survey, which underscores the necessity and enthusiasm for a robust multi-hazard resilience certification for buildings.

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