How to Future-Proof Your Building

Sustainability / ResilienceAIA BOC BOMI

As the frequency of extreme weather events rises, buildings are vulnerable to power disruption, equipment failures, displacement of residents, and other costly damages. This course will discuss an approach to assessing the resilience of existing buildings, from the portfolio level down to the individual building level. The course will include an overview of DNV GL’s B-READY building resilience tool, which helps building owners and managers translate climate-related, site-specific risks into actionable resilience strategies. Investing in resilience preserves the value of assets while decreasing risk, lowering operating expenses, and increasing occupant comfort and safety. Findings from residential and commercial projects demonstrate the framework in action – including strategies to protect buildings and occupants from the impacts of extreme weather.

Course Tuition: Free

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of investing in resilience for existing buildings.
  • Identify the synergies between energy efficiency and resilience.
  • Learn an approach to assessing resilience from the portfolio level down to the building level.
  • Understand several strategies for existing buildings to minimize the impact from natural hazards.

From Our Partner

James Leahy

Senior Consultant

James Leahy is a licensed Civil/Environmental Engineer (California) who specializes in strategic planning on issues relating to energy, sustainability and resilience. As an energy consultant, Mr. Leahy assists clients in establishing energy performance and environmental standards for facilities and other assets. He works with a variety of clients including cities, utilities, building owners and developers on sustainable design strategies, assessing risk from climate related hazards, assessing programmatic opportunities for energy efficiency and building performance improvements, and deploying distributed renewable energy resources.

Lauren Taymor


Lauren Taymor, LEED® AP BD+C, is a Consultant with DNV GL’s Sustainable Buildings and Communities team. Ms. Taymor supports cities and building owners in achieving their decarbonization, sustainability, and resilience goals. She manages the continual evolution of the B-READY Building Resilience Assessment tool and has worked with commercial and multi-family building owners to better understand the vulnerabilities of their portfolio, address social equity concerns, and identify measures to improve building resilience. She has presented on resilience and adaptation to a wide variety of audiences including architects, engineers, building owners, and cities. Ms. Taymor graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Business Administration and holds a Certificate in Sustainable Energy Management from Presidio Graduate School.

Fred Byers

Manager of Engineering Services
Shorenstein Realty Services

Fred Byers’ career has focused on facility management, operations and engineering for commercial, industrial, and residential real estate for all structural, mechanical and electrical systems. He has been the Manager of Engineering Services for Shorenstein Realty Services since 2013. His portfolio includes 8.5 million square feet of Class A office properties in Atlanta, DC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Previously, he worked as the Director of Engineering for AvalonBay Properties, V.P. of Operations for Pitcairn Properties, National Engineer for Tower Realty, Project Manager for Johnson Controls World Services pharmaceutical plant contracts, and as Chief Engineer for space vehicle processing facilities and launch complexes at Cape Canaveral, FL. Fred graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.