Engineering, according to ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) is "the professsion in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind."

Resilient design, according to RELi, "pursues Buildings and Communities that are shock-resistance, healthy, adaptable and regenerative through a combination of diversity, foresight and the capacity for self-organization and learning. A Resilient Society can withstand shocks and rebuild itself when necessary. It requires humans to embrace their capacity to anticipate, plan and adapt for the future."

Engineering serves the aims of resilient design by providing the methods by which Resilient Designs can be determined and achieved.

Tools & Education

The Action List & Credit Catalog is provided as a resource to designers. RELi integrates a comprehensive package of resiliency criteria with the latest in proven design methods for developing next-generation communities, neighborhoods, buildings, homes, and infrastructure. 

Sustainable or “green” building design and construction is a method of wisely using resources to create high-quality, healthier and more energy-efficient homes and commercial buildings.

Best Practices

What is resilient design and what is required for a home to be resilient? One important principle of resilient design involves trading active systems for passive ones whenever possible. The building envelope plays an important role when the power goes out or heating fuel supply is disrupted.

Additional Information

GBCI has announced its adoption of the RELi standard. GBCI and the RELi resilience standard will work together to develop buildings and communities that offer greater adaptability and resilience to weather and natural disasters.

Practical Research

Real world exposure testing as well as short term accelerated aging tests are used to determine the durability of tapes used on foam sheathing, including tapes used along with the ci as a Water Resistive Barrier system. 

Zero Energy Ready Home is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings initiative. Take a virtual tour of homes that are so energy efficient a renewable energy system can offset all or most of their annual energy consumption.