E05 - The Intersection of Resilience and Sustainability

Thursday, November 21 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM | B302 « Back

Abstract Text:

With grid reliability concerns and climate disasters becoming the new normal, the real estate sector must respond and adapt accordingly, while also proactively future-proofing assets in expectation of more of the same. While climate resilience and environmental sustainability may have previously been viewed as mutually exclusive, it is critical that companies address them simultaneously in order to stay ahead of the curve, optimize operations, and retain asset value. Energy efficiency, renewable energy, battery storage are all critical to ensuring a resilient property and resilient community. Buildings of the future will not only be efficiently operated and powered, but built with climate resilience and sustainability at the core of every decision starting with site selection and ending with disposition.

This panel features experts from the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Sustainability, Verdani on ESG management strategies across the built environment, and Heitman on real-world examples balancing climate adaptation and climate mitigation. This panel demonstrates not only best practices from real buildings but also an analysis of where the market is moving and how other real estate companies can (and should) follow suit. ULI will focus on grid-interactive efficiency buildings and how pricing climate risk is a necessary practice for businesses in the coming years. Rating systems such as LEED Zero, RELi, and PEER tie in to this concept.

Audience members will gain a better understanding of not only why this topic is a critical consideration for real estate companies but also how other buildings are already enacting successful measures alongside existing sustainability initiatives. Owners, managers, tenants, and service companies alike will be impacted by climate disasters, with risks and outcomes exacerbated due to fragile utility grids. This panel begins an important conversation on how we can all better invest in sustainability and resilience instead of viewing them as mutually exclusive. This session is sponsored by GAF

Learning Objectives:

Understand the importance of the real estate sector considering both resilience and sustainability in their portfolio

Explain how climate disasters significantly impact the real estate sector and how the state of the utility grid exacerbates the problem

Analyze the co-benefits of grid-interactive efficient buildings to reduce climate risks and increase energy independence

Demonstrate ways in which building owners, managers, and tenants can mitigate the impacts of emerging climate trends and make their buildings more sustainable. Includes LEED v4 BD+C EA, SS credits.

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LEED Specific: BD+C
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LEED Specific: BD+C

Education Tracks: Future-Ready| Resilient and Sustainable

Event Type: Conference Session > Session