Resilient Design for Facilities, Communities, and Climate

In October 2022, Boston Medical Center opened an 82 bed behavioral health center unlike any other. This session explores how a former 1960s nursing home was transformed into an NZE inpatient facility that engages both physical and social resilience strategies. This case study illustrates how designing for the dignity and safety of all occupants, along with back-up power systems and robust programmatic flexibility, combine to benefit the building’s community and healthcare ecosystem.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Room / Location:
Harbor 3

CEU Information: 

BOC: 1 credit hour
GBCI: 1 credit hour (BD+C, O+M, WELL)
MA CSL: 1 credit hour (Energy)
NAHB: 1 credit hour
NARI: 1 credit hour
PHI: Credit offered for full conference attendance
Phius: Credit offered for each full conference day
RESNET: Credit offered for each full conference day

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate ways that social resilience can be improved continuously as part of a building’s normal operations.
  • Examine the connection between the mental health crisis and climate resilience.
  • Recognize operational challenges and benefits of implementing both active and passive resilience strategies.
  • Explore the advantages of integrating programmatic, sustainability, and resilience goals into typical operations.

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