New York’s East River Park’s resiliency WEDG project.
(Photo courtesy of NYC Department of Design and Construction)
WEDG® verification focuses on resilient development along the water’s edge. As the website states: “WEDG is the gold standard for waterfront resilience and risk reduction. It also maximizes the benefits for ecology and access by inspiring innovation at the water’s edge. WEDG is a tool for designers, developers, risk and financial professionals, students and educators, as well as communities.”
The overlap of LEED, SITES, and WEDG creates meaningful synergies and measurable benefits for owners and design teams, including prestige for projects. Combining WEDG with SITES creates efficiencies through ten common credits, reducing the amount of time and documentation for multi-certified projects.
We are passionate about promoting nature-based and community-oriented solutions for development because they provide tangible social, environmental, and economic benefits. Multiple case studies demonstrate the long-term cost savings of employing green infrastructure for resiliency.
WEDG certification can streamline regulatory permitting, attract community and investor support, and reduce current and future risks from sea level rise and flooding.