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"Futurizing" Policies and Processes for Resilient and Sustainable Building Design and Construction

Building rules and processes are designed to protect health, safety and the environment, but they can also govern design choices. Even as technology, engineering, and architectural innovations advance our goals, policies and procedural barriers often make advancement in building design difficult, time consuming, or costly to implement. In tangent with the City of Los Angeles’ resilience and sustainability goals, Rebuild and the City have launched Building Forward LA; an effort to encourage buildings of all types to integrate advancements and innovations in design, engineering, and construction. The aim of the initiative is to envision how Los Angeles can design and build the city’s future buildings with resilience and sustainability at the forefront.

Working with partners that include the American Institute of Architects - LA, US Green Building Council - LA, Structural Engineers Association of Southern California, the NOW Institute at UCLA and the A + D Architecture and Design Museum, the process embarks on a two stage research and design process, modeled after Rebuild’s work in the Hurricane Sandy region. This effort was kicked off at the A + D Museum in March 2017, convening experts and practitioners around the aspirations of building a more resilient and sustainable Los Angeles.

Following the kick off, the three-month collaborative research phase seeks input from experts of the built environment to identify and prioritize potential challenges to building policies and processes. This phase will allow Los Angeles professionals to discuss issues they face and provide partners with a true understanding of the opportunities to create more resilient and sustainable building policies.

The findings of the research phase will uncover impediments in current building regulations and then apply that understanding to create recommendations. These recommendations, developed in conjunction with government and industry stakeholders, will be informed, innovative and implementable.The best ideas will ultimately be included in a framework that will be presented to the Office of the Mayor for implementation consideration.

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