Natural Hazard & Climate Resiliency Planning

There are two types of risks to your property when it comes to natural hazards and climate. Physical and financial. Evaluating your properties risk and developing a plan could save you time, money and potential business interruptions.

Natural Hazard & Climate Risk Factors

AEI assists our clients in addressing natural hazard and climate risk and resiliency to the following hazards:

  • Advanced flood models (beyond FEMA mapping)
  • Heat stress (extreme temperatures resulting in increased energy costs)
  • Hurricanes and typhoons
  • High Wind and Tornado
  • Sea level rise
  • Water stress (drought-related risks)
  • Wildfire risk

Natural Hazard & Climate Risk Evaluation

These evaluations may be incorporated into a client’s due diligence process in several ways, including:

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) with Climate Risk Review

For basic due diligence purposes. The scope of work consists of a typical Phase I ESA in compliance with ASTM E1527 with the additional review of climate risk model information.

Portfolio Physical Climate Risk Vulnerability Assessment

Portfolio-wide review of climate risk data, with a determination of high-risk, moderate-risk, and low risk, accompanied by recommendations for on-site assessment by architects, engineers, or sustainability professionals.

United States Resilience Council (USRC) Assessment

Assesses building performance with respect to safety, damage, and recovery.

Property Resiliency Assessment (PRA)

Summarizes site-specific natural hazard risk modeling data accompanied by a site inspection of the property to assess property and building characteristics relative to the risk. The main components of a PRA include:

  • Verification of which hazards may be elevated for a property
  • On-site evaluation by a building professional of the vulnerability of the property
    to those hazards
  • Identification of the resilience measures that would enhance the resilience of the property
Energy Audit & Sustainability Consulting

Review the site’s current energy usage and propose modifications to meet sustainability and resiliency goals. These services not only support owners and investors, but also lenders who are managing programs that provide preferential terms to borrowers who commit to certain energy or water savings measures.

Visit our Energy Audit & Benchmarking page.

Facility Condition Assessment with Physical Risk Review & Sustainability Recommendations

Cost estimating relative to projected operational cost increases or other needed adaptations including priorities and capital planning tables for future budgeting and achieving sustainability goals.

Learn more about Facility Condition Assessments

Property Condition Assessment (PCA) with Natural Hazard Risk & Sustainability Review

For due diligence and cost estimating relative to projected operational cost increases or other needed adaptations to meet sustainability and resiliency goals.

This PCA includes:

  • Climate Risk: Climate risk review and evaluation of replacement costs with climate change risk in mind
  • Sustainability:
      • Review available commissioning or energy audit reports
      • Compliance with local audit or commissioning requirements
      • Verification of Sustainability certification and certification potential
      • Water consumption and cost attributes, including annual water consumption
      • Electrical/ Gas Consumption and Cost Attributes
      • HVAC and water heater equipment descriptions, age, RUL, fuel source, etc.
      • Types of lighting and window descriptions, age, RUL, etc.
      • Building Performance Audits (Energy Efficiency)
      • Roof (Solar opportunities) and existing solar systems

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Karla L. King, Esq., P.E., LEED AP
Executive Vice President
Energy & Sustainability

Matt Fontanessi
Director of Specialty Seismic Services