Roll With It: The Process of Building Resilience

  • 06 Jun 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • SDG&E Energy Innovation Center (EIC), 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117

Roll With It: The Process of Building Resilience

Sponsored by SDG&E Energy Innovation Center

Session Overview:

Existing communities have not been constructed to withstand today’s risks. Investments to improve the resiliency of individual buildings add immediate value to owners and occupants through decreased risk, lower operating expenses, and increased occupant comfort and safety. While a heavy focus has been placed on building new resilient buildings, it is imperative to consider new ways to improve and adapt existing infrastructure as climactic events increase in magnitude and frequency.

The session will cover processes and tools to help building communities pinpoint risks to existing communities and identify practical strategies to improve resilience. By considering unique, site-specific risks combined with building characteristics, resiliency assessments can provide actionable strategies ranging from occupant awareness and behavioral changes to design and engineering retrofits that minimize building vulnerabilities. Looking at resiliency through various lenses can help building owners and operators strategically invest in building improvements that improve passive survivability and safety during and following an event.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify the opportunities and challenges of integrating resilience processes into organizational operations and culture

2. Understand the robust planning and decision-making processes to maximize co-benefits

3. Recognize the importance of connecting physical, social and economic resilience into planning processes

4. Understand how the Unified Port of San Diego is investing to be more resilient, within their port communities to sustain safe, secure, and economically viable marine operations

5. Be able to identify the synergies between energy efficiency and resilience

This class is eligible for continuing education units from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). 

Speakers and Bios:

Douglas Kot AIA, LEED Faculty

Doug is the Head of Section for DNV GL’s Sustainable Buildings and Communities team. Doug is the former Executive Director of San Diego Green Building Council and a returning employee to DNV-GL Sustainable Buildings and Communities team. Doug has been involved with green building and sustainable planning since 1998; he has been at the forefront of advancements in the discipline since that time. Doug has led the technical development of dozens of high-performance and zero net energy buildings advising on energy systems, water efficiency and reuse, material impacts and healthy interiors. Doug has professional degrees in architecture, landscape architecture and city planning. He has chaired the City of San Diego’s Economic and Environmental Sustainability Task Force that has developed a Climate Action Plan. He is a member of the City of San Diego Sustainable Energy Advisory Board, other climate- and energy-related advisory boards, and local non-profits including the San Diego U.S. Green Building Council. Doug currently teaches in the Sustainable Business Certificate and Facility Management Certificate programs at University of California San Diego Extension. He is USGBC Faculty and is a LEED Accredited Professional for Neighborhood Development, Buildings Design and Construction and Existing Building Operations and Maintenance.

Heather Rosenberg

Heather Rosenberg is the founder of the Building Resilience Network, which works to help organizations and their surrounding communities on the path toward physical, social and economic resilience. In partnership with SCOPE, the City of LA and others, she is developing tools and programs to help community-based organizations serve as neighborhood resilience hubs. She is currently working with the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) to develop a Resilience Module for real estate investment companies and funds. Ms. Rosenberg is a USGBC Ginsberg Fellow and partnered with USGBC-LA to develop Building Resilience-LA, a program that brings resilience to the building scale in Los Angeles. She recently led the development of Building Resilience-LA: A Primer for Facilities. With more than 15 years working on the leading edge of green building and sustainability, she is co-author of the USGBC report "Social Equity in the Built Environment," co-authored the core curriculum for USGBC's Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide and writes and blogs extensively on issues of social equity and resilience. An ecologist by training, Heather formerly served as a principal at CTG Energetics, where she worked on sustainability projects in buildings, communities and local governments. She was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve on the City of LA’s Innovation and Performance Commission. She served on the National Institute of Standards and Technology Resilience Panel-Social, and currently serves on the State of California Clean Energy Jobs Act Citizens Oversight Board, the American Society of Civil Engineers Resilient Infrastructure SPEED Committee and the USGBC Social Equity Working Group.

Renée Yarmy

Renée has 15 years of experience in architecture, sustainable development, climate action planning, and project management.  Renée serves as the Program Manager for Energy and Sustainability at the Port of San Diego. In this role her responsibilities include developing strategic energy planning initiatives and implementing projects to meet the District's Climate Action Plan goals.  Renée ensures the effective implementation of programs and projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the use of renewable energy, accelerating energy efficiency projects, and coordinating with internal and external stakeholders on the implementation of complex projects.  Renée was recognized in 2017 as one of the Top 50 Energy Managers by Energy Manager Today.  In addition to her role at the Port, Renée teaches at UCSD Extension for the Sustainable Business Practices certificate program. Prior to joining the District, Renée served as a sustainability consultant responsible for advising west coast ports, as well as local, federal and international government agencies. Renée holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Development and a Bachelor of Architecture.

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