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Resilient Design Director Speaks at FLASH Conference

NJIT Center for Resilient Design executive director Deane Evans speaks on a panel at the 2016 Federal Alliance for Safe Homes conference.

Deane Evans, executive director of NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design, provided closing remarks on a panel session during the 2016 Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The panel discussion demonstrated an education and outreach initiative designed to spread understanding of resilient building products and techniques.

The initiative focuses on a specific project—an affordable, energy-efficient and resilient new residence to replace a home destroyed by Superstorm Sandy—that will be built for a homeowner in Breezy Point, New York.

The panel included the architect of the home, Illya Azaroff, and several project sponsors, including Don Thompson (Portland Cement Association); Joel May (BASF); and Cal Trumbo (Momentum Innovation Group).  

The Center for Resilient Design will provide measurement and evaluation services for the project to validate the performance of the home. Additionally, the center, with the help of NJIT architecture students, will document the design and construction process to create an online training program designed to help builders and homeowners in coastal communities understand why and how they also can rebuild resiliently in the wake of disasters. 

“The Breezy Point project provides a particularly rich opportunity for the students who will be involved,” says Evans. “They’ll get to see firsthand what it takes to design and build a home that’s both sustainable and resilient. And they’ll have the unique experience of not only fully documenting the project as it is built, but also transforming what they’ve produced into an interactive, multimedia-training platform. I wish I could’ve participated in a project like this when I was in architecture school.”

During his remarks, Evans discussed the potential of the Breezy Point home to serve as a model for resilient design and construction projects in the future, which will combine energy-efficiency principles with resilient-construction techniques to create future homes with built-in sustainability and survivability.