UMN Expert: Building resiliency key in adapting to extreme weather events

Richard Graves

Across the United States, extreme weather events like the flooding along the East Coast and stronger hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico are destroying property and displacing people.

In light of the rise in extreme weather events, Richard Graves, an associate professor in the University of Minnesota's College of Design and director for the Center for Sustainable Building Research, is available for comment on how society can better prepare buildings and infrastructure.

Richard Graves, AIA

“Architects need to create communities and buildings that are not only sustainable but resilient. The building community has failed to transform the fundamental performance of the built environment with regard to mitigating impacts and adapting to and isolating from the dynamic changes occurring. National and regional sustainability certification programs have made progress, but they have not shifted the green building paradigm from efficiency and waste reduction.”

Richard Graves is an associate professor in the College of Design and director for the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses include energy and climate change, equitable designs, sustainable materials, and creating regenerative and resilient communities to respond and adapt to stress and change in a dynamic global environment.

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