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Building Resilience in Montgomery County

May 4, 10:30-11:30 am

Approved for 1.0 general GBCI CE and 1.0 AIA LU|HSW



Kara Strong, Project Director, Sustainable Design Consulting

Marisa Briton, Project Manager, Sustainable Design Consulting




The Resilient Design Institute defines resilience as the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance. It is the capacity to bounce back after a disturbance or interruption. Resilience Design recognizes that natural and man-made disasters will adversely impact building occupants and good design reduces those issues. The 2018 update to Montgomery County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan indicates that Severe Storms are considered a high risk for the County. Specifically, Montgomery County is at risk for large scale high winds that occur typically with winter storms or thunderstorms. The Plan recommends strict building codes for high-wind influence areas and designated Special Flood Hazard Areas. The County's Mitigation Planning Committee (MPC) members reviewed the goals that were presented in the 2013 plan and re-worked them to include one overarching goal with seven distinctive objectives.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the goals of Resilient design.

  2. Summarize Montgomery County's 2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan.

  3. Investigate the highest-ranked hazards identified in the plan, and their social, economic, and health implications.

  4. Explore the design resources provided by the LEED® RELi 2.0 Standard & the Resilient Design Institute.

  5. Apply the appropriate relevant resilient design strategies that align with the Hazard Mitigation Plan's critical hazards.



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