RELi 2.0 standard for sustainability, resilience being piloted


The RELi 2.0 standard, which combines resilience and sustainability, is available for pilot project use.

Similar in structure to U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, RELi is based on a system of points and prerequisites organized according to eight categories:

— Panoramic Approach (which covers pre-planning, discovery, and systems thinking)

— Hazard Preparedness

— Hazard Mitigation + Adaptation

— Community Cohesion/Social + Economic Vitality

— Productivity, Health + Diversity

— Energy, Water + On-site Food Production

— Materials + Artifacts

— Applied Creativity (which recognizes innovation)

RELi incorporates relevant strategies from other standards. About 20% of its agenda overlaps with LEED. While RELi is being piloted, it will be open to LEED-registered or -certified projects, with introductory pricing and support.

Two healthcare projects, CHRISTUS Spohn Shoreline Hospital, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and the University of Oklahoma Medical Center (OUMC), in Oklahoma City, are among the early trials.

Both facilities incorporate five-day emergency generator capacity, a minimum of four days’ food and water storage, redundancy in the central plant, an emergency plan, and facilities for community outreach and engagement.