Risk Management in the Built Environment: Resilience as the Antidote to Litigation in a Changing Climate
Presented by Monika Serrano, WELL AP, LEED® AP BD+C, LFA, Climate Reality Leader, fitwel Ambassador, Turner Construction; Jessica Mederson, Managing Partner, Hansen Reynolds; Keith Bryan, Director, Built Environment, Americas, BSI Group; and Ryan Lynch, BSI Group.
If carbon emissions stopped today, there would be decades of baked-in effects from climate change in the form of climate disasters, both acute (e.g., floods, wildfires, hurricanes) and chronic (e.g., extreme heat, sea level rise).
This fact exposes the urgency around incorporating resilience and climate adaptation in the built environment. As this trend continues, litigation related to climate change is expected to join the already extensive list of construction-related litigation.
Construction Lawyer Jessica Mederson and Construction Manager Mónika Serrano set out to write an article on this topic in early 2021. During their research and conversations with experts in the fields of law, design and construction, insurance and risk, they learned a great deal about the many issues and potential solutions developers, designers, and contractors can use to avoid construction litigation related to climate change. Join us, as they share the information they gathered, industry trends, lessons learned, available tools and resources, and why they are concluding that incorporating resilience in your next project may be your next best strategy to manage your risk, reputation, and bottom line.