Resilience Planning For Facility Managers (2016)

E. Sarah Slaughter and Eric Teicholz (2016). "Resilience Planning for Facility Managers." FMJ 9March/April 2016), pp. 103-107, International Facility Management Association.



USA - Characteristics, Impacts and future directions (2014)

Sarah Slaughter, Douglas Thomas and Robert Chapman (2014). "Chapter 16: USA - Characteristics, Impacts and Future Directions, " in R&D Investment and Impact in the Global Construction Industry (2014). Taylor & Francis, edited by Judy A. Kraatz, Adriana X. Sanchez and Keith Hampson.

Making the Case - Presenting Sustainability investments to the C - Suite (2013)

E. Sarah Slaughter (2013). "Making the Case: Presenting Sustainability investments to the C - Suite." FMJ (November/December 2013), pp. 18-22, International Facility Management Association.


Building Resilience in Boston (2013)

Linnean Solutions, Built Environment Coalition, and Resilient Design Institute (2013). "Building Resilience in Boston: Best Practices for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience for Existing Buildings" for the Boston Society of Architects.

This report provides over 200 best practices for climate change adaptation and resilience for existing buildings with examples and references to technical document and specification.

Energy-efficiency standard and green building certification systems used by the department of defense for military construction and major renovations (2013)

E. Sarah Slaughter (2013). "Appendix C: Cost Effective Study of Various Sustainable Building Standards in Response to NDAA 2012 Section 2830 Requirements," pp. 91-177, in National Academies Press (2013), Evaluation of Energy-Efficiency Standards and Green Building Certification Systems Used by the Department of Defense for Military Construction and Repair, National Research Council, Washington, DC.

In 2012, Congress requested a report from US Department of Defense on the energy-efficiency and sustainability standards used for military construction and major renovations of buildings, including cost-benefit analysis, return on investment, and long-term payback for the building standards related to energy use and high-performance buildings and for the LEED and equivalent green building certification systems. 

Improving the Sustainability of Water Treatment Systems: Opportunities for Innovation (2010)

There is growing recognition of the need for increased access to drinkable water across the world and for water treatment approaches that improve the quality of the delivered water and re-establish a balance between human and natural systems. In the current paradigm, however, large-scale, centralized water treatment systems are slow to accommodate changes in supply or demand, and impede innovations that could address these issues because there are too many perceived risks—financial, technical, system, and organizational—associated with introducing change into these systems. Localized, networked water treatment systems improve access to potable water, encourage the development and diffusion of innovations through reduced financial and technical risks, lower the potential of total system failure, and provide easier trial and replacement of specific innovations and greater organizational capacity. These systems can also be tailored to minimize environmental damage and could enhance or encourage the deployment of in situ power generation.

There are an encouraging number of innovative technologies, systems, components, processes, and management approaches emerging for localized water treatment, including new filtration and disinfectant technologies, treatment systems, business models, and approaches to effectively managing regional water resources. But to provide communities with drinking water will require a paradigm shift by the government agencies around the world responsible for public health, safety, and welfare and for protecting natural ecosystems. Only by changing our methods of water-treatment system procurement and management can we deliver equitable access to potable water.





AbX Conference

November 16 1PM (Session b49) "Thriving in an age of Rising Seas"

This session presents a process model for engaging communities and organizations in developing effective resilience approaches. It builds off a response to the City of Boston's "Living With Water" Design Competition that called for international teams to submit designs to increase Boston's climate change resiliency and overall sustainability. A group of green building leaders and social activists issued a challenge, called Thriving With Water, which encouraged participants to set a higher goal  to transform the problem of climate change into an opportunity to create a more economically, socially, environmentally, and culturally vibrant and sustainable Boston.