Resilient homes competition has global reach

A recent design competition put together by the World Bank, Build Academy, Airbnb, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and UN-Habitat garnered 300 team submissions from all over the world.

Winners of the Resilient Homes Design Challenge were announced on December 17, 2018. Participants responded to a call for disaster-resilient and sustainable home designs that could be constructed for less than $10,000 for people living in areas affected by, or vulnerable to, natural disasters.

According to the competition organizers, the policies made in cities over the next two decades will be critical in shaping our future world for resiliency, and housing design and planning can play a major role in advancing affordable, resilient housing for all people.

Over 3,000 architects, engineers, designers and students from over 120 countries worked on teams to design proposals for up to three scenarios related to the needs of different environments. Three winners, showcasing diverse materials and construction approaches, were selected for each scenario. Learn more about the winning designs.

USGBC resiliency resources

At USGBC, we also engage in the quest for a more resilient future through our advocacy and social equity work, as well as through the green building rating system LEED, and through initiatives like Living Standard.

  • Center for Resilience: Resources, case studies, articles and research on resiliency issues.
  • Living Standard: Our campaign to achieve a world in which health, safety and quality of life are a human right.
  • LEED Homes Award winners: Outstanding examples of sustainable residential design in the United States.