In the face of extreme weather conditions, the practice of Building Energy must undergo two transformations: (1) What we do differently to alter the built environment;(2)how we better connect people living in a neighborhood. We have learned in the past 2 years of delivering BE 13 and 14 in resilient cities is this: community resilience is as important as resilience of the built environment. For example, creating a network of neighborhood businesses to stay open in a disaster. Developing a public community connectivity rating or altruism index. We have to do community resilience because community unity is the brains, in the face of disaster, that directs and organizes learning and recovery. People need to know the local places of refuge that hold the basic resources you have at home or office, where people know they can go in a disaster. Pre-establish a public emergency network of cell phones that will be operable. It is up to us because no one is going to come in and save us; there will be no more helicopters coming full of supplies.
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