UME School Director meets REM students at the World Bank

Professor Gian Michele Calvi, Director of the UME School, delivered a successful presentation on January 14, 2014 on “GaRS: Green and Resilient Schools and Critical Public Facilities: A Holistic “Energy Efficient” and “Disaster Resilient” Model” at the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR) of the World Bank. The session was chaired by Sumila Gulyani, Sector Manager of the Urban, Water and Disaster Risk Management group (Europe and Central Asia department).

REM graduate Yaprak Servi and current REM interns at GFDRR Kamal Ahmed and Miguel Toquica (in the photo) welcomed Prof. Calvi at the Bank.

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GaRS: Green and Resilient Schools and Critical Public Facilities: A Holistic “Energy Efficient” and “Disaster Resilient” Model

Building characteristics in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region render its portfolio as one of the most energy inefficient in the world; to which the susceptibility to seismic hazard is of additional importance. To date, interventions in ECA focus in either energy efficiency or seismic resilience enhancement of buildings – highlighting the lack of consistent language and understanding across fields, as well as the disconnection amongst stakeholders that arises from the development of seismic risk mitigation independently of sustainable development goals.

Sponsored by ECA Innovation Grant, the ECA DRM team developed an innovative framework for integrated investment in ECA. Although extensive know-how can be identified in both areas, efforts for its joint consideration presented in the literature are based on the evaluation of environmental impacts of expected repairs due to seismic action over a period of time; neglecting the potential of energy efficiency enhancements and, more importantly, the possible benefits of an integrated investment strategy.