New report examines resiliency, sustainability in the built environment

WASHINGTON – July 21, 2022 – A study published today by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), in partnership with Owens Corning, is shedding light on resiliency and sustainability in the built environment.

Resiliency in the Built Environment, assesses the current state and best practices for increasing resiliency and sustainability in design and construction.   The report also provides actionable insights into how to best improve resiliency and sustainability from design through construction by surveying three key audiences: architects, general contractors, and clients, including owners and developers.

“Successfully addressing the threat posed by climate change requires a comprehensive and coordinated effort that is informed by the best data available,” said AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE. “This report is part of AIA’s ongoing commitment to supporting our members by providing economic and market research that helps them navigate challenging times as well as help them lead efforts to address the climate crisis.”

Key findings of the report, include:

  • Few projects and properties are reported as being built beyond code.
  • Contractors and clients believe that building to code is sufficient to ensure resilience, but architects disagree.
  • Stronger building codes and standards will drive resiliency, but so will making the business case to clients.

Visit AIA’s website to access Resilience in the Built Environment.

About AIA

Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.

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