Assessing Climate Hazards: The First Step in Resilient Design Video, 58 minutes

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Whether it’s the flooding in Pakistan, the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian in Florida, or the record-breaking wildfire season in Europe, climate change is in the news daily. Just as there’s an urgent need to reduce carbon emissions and other greenhouse gasses, we also need to adapt and invest in resilience.

Increasingly, owners are asking for risk assessments to inform strategies for resilient design. This webcast, presented by BuildingGreen’s Candace Pearson and BuildingGreen and Resilient Design Institute founder Alex Wilson, provides sources for the first step of any risk assessment: identifying hazards and understanding exposure.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the three key drivers for resilient design: safety, fiscal responsibility, and prevention of environmental harm.
  2. Define key terms, such as “exposure,” “vulnerability,” and “risk,” and understand their importance to guiding project conversations.
  3. List the nine major climate-change-related hazards and use tools for evaluating exposure to these hazards.
  4. Describe how cascading disruptions can increase threats to safety, financial value, and the environment.


Candace leads BuildingGreen’s consulting practice in the areas of alternative project delivery models, collaborative construction contracts, and owner representation. Candace has worked with Alex on resilient design guidelines for Washington, D.C. and often works together with him on editorial pieces for BuildingGreen.com. Candace has also been involved with resilient design charrettes and a risk assessment process for large district development. 

Alex's focus on resilient design began following Hurrican Katrina on the Gulf Coast, which led to publication of The New Orleans Principles, which Alex helped edit. Alex has also worked on reslience initiatives for cities like New York, Boston and Washington, D.C., and he co-led the effort to create the LEED Resilient Design Pilot credits. He has lectured and written widely on this topic, including a chapter in the book Climate Adaptation and Resilience Across Scales.