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Ariane Laxo, LEED AP ID+C

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Ariane Laxo Presents at Three National Resiliency Conferences in May

Ariane Laxo, CID, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC is an interior designer and co-chair of HGA’s Sustainability Council. She leads the firm’s resilient design task force, an inter-disciplinary firm-wide group that conducts primary and secondary research in order to deepen the firm’s expertise in the field of resilient design. In this video, Ariane briefly describes the building industry definition of resiliency, upcoming conference presentations (described below), and takeaways for conference attendees. 

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency, Arts & Culture, Community

Resilient Design: Planning for Risk

Once building owners have categorized and prioritized risk through forecasting and assessing, they can then plan and implement resilient strategies that will enable them to function during an extreme event and quickly resume normal operations afterward. Planning does not eliminate risk, but rather anticipates risks through adaptation and mitigation.

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency

Resilient Design: Assessing Risk

After forecasting risk based on four factors (natural disaster, climate, security, and infrastructure), the next step in resilient design is to assess the likelihood, severity and impact of those risks. What is the likelihood of a risk becoming a reality, and what would the severity be of that risk? A ½-inch per hour rain event will be far less severe than a 3½-inch per hour rain event. What are the potential impacts, both short-term and long-term? How would those impacts affect operations, health and safety of occupants or building security? What might the cost implications be?

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency

Resilient Design: Forecasting Risk

Planning for resiliency is a multifaceted process that considers building type, business operations, and geographic location. Each building type--whether government, corporate, healthcare, or higher education--requires a targeted approach to forecasting risk. Government buildings requiring high-security measures face challenges different from hospitals that need to be operational 24/7 to deliver life-critical services. Yet each benefits from a strategic process that evaluates potential internal and external risks.

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency

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