Energy & Environment
In the US, buildings account for:
36% of total energy use
65% of electricity use
30% of greenhouse gas emissions, raw materials use and waste output
12% of drinking water consumption
We know that sustainable buildings can bring these numbers way down. But that's not the whole equation: the disaster response and property restoration process itself has an environmental footprint that we can improve.
The American Public
The average american spends 90% of their time indoors. Let's take every opportunity to spend that time in healthier, safer, more comfortable and economical homes, offices, schools and businesses - ones that use less energy and help us breathe cleaner air inside and out.
What better moment to get this right than rebuilding after a disaster? That's a question for every taxpayer to consider. From 2011-2013, $136 billion in federal disaster relief spending averaged nearly $400 per household per year.
Sustainable disaster response and property restoration is quite simply about rebuilding a stronger economy. Homeowners and businesses reinvest energy savings. Commercial property owners improve tenant satisfaction and employee productivity. Insurers turn claims into a downpayment on risk reduction and resiliency. Public health benefits accrue broadly. And businesses throughout the disaster response life-cycle create, expand and shape the market for green products and services.
Federal assistance for resilience, or “pre-disaster mitigation,” has actually declined over the past decade. Disaster response can't afford to be short sighted, and it shouldn't be driven by politics.
Let's make sure governments at all levels are using taxpayer dollars to prepare and respond in a way that protects public safety and essential services, while advancing environmental protection, energy security, and economic growth and competitiveness.
Who We Are
SDRC brings together a diverse group of leaders who are committed to advancing best practices for sustainable disaster recovery and restoration. Our members and strategic partners represent:
disaster response and property restoration firms
large property owners & managers
the architecture, engineering and construction community
the insurance sector
experts from industry trades, NGOs, academia and government
Stephen Bushnell, President
Steve oversees SDRC's strategy, programs and day-to-day operations. He is founder and Principal of Stephen Bushnell + Associates, which advises clients on sustainability and risk management. He has over 40 years of U.S. property & casualty insurance experience – where he is widely credited for developing the first and most innovative sustainability solutions for commercial and residential property owners. Steve is a leading expert on the risk-reduction and broad environmental, social and economic benefits of sustainable buildings and communities. From 2012-2015, he served as the first and only insurance and risk management professional elected to U.S. Green Building Council National Board of Directors. In 2016, he transitioned to USGBC's newly created Advisory Council.
Stefan Mueller, Vice President
Stefan is a Managing Director at SEM Advisors in Washington, DC – which staffs and administers the SDRC. He is an expert in organizing consulting groups and issue/advocacy coalitions that drive sustainability in the public and private sector – and has provided strategic, program development, government affairs and other guidance to both U.S. and multi-national companies, as well as leading environmental groups and other nonprofits. He has worked extensively with various business councils and public-private partnerships focused on energy, environmental and natural resource challenges facing the insurance sector, real estate, and governments at the local, state and federal level.
SDRC builds valuable connections, not only among the various product/service providers and professionals that respond to disasters - but also with property owners, insurers governments, nonprofits and other stakeholders. Opportunities to collaborate emerge at every level - from policy advocacy and educating the market before disasters strike, to responding to both large and small loss events in a way that is sustainable and therefor simply better for property owners, the economy and our environment.
We are a community of practice - where disaster response stakeholders raise questions and find answers. Our membership category-focused research, case studies and expert viewpoints show how and why sustainability should be prioritized as part of smarter disaster response. And our standards will provide a framework to educate and differentiate sustainability leaders.
As a member-driven association, our research, advocacy, certification and education programs are guided by our member's intellectual capital and experience in the marketplace. SDRC members help shape the SDRC mission and actively participate in the development and revision of SDRC standards.
We recognize our members as leaders in the marketplace via the SDRC logo, member list, product/service directory, communications (press kit, webinars, blogs, presentations, annual summit) and opportunities to sponsor and exhibit at SDRC meetings, events and publications. The SDRC standards differentiate certified professionals, assess the sustainability of reconstruction and property restoration projects, and validate the products, services and operation of disaster response contractors.
SDRC will develop two industry standards - one to define and validate sustainability throughout the life-cycle of common disaster response and property restoration projects, and another to certify the sustainability of disaster response and property restoration contractors' products, services, and operations. In doing so, we will incorporate, reference and build effective links to other evolving codes and standards that govern the safety, quality and performance of building products, services and professionals.
SDRC education programs and professional credentials will focus on helping our members and their stakeholders leverage SDRC standards to validate the sustainability of disaster response and property restoration projects, as well as associated contractors' products, services and operations. Education will also be available to leaders in government and civil society who share our mission.
SDRC features the latest expert viewpoints, research and case studies from across our members and strategic partners – creating a unique knowledge base that covers the challenges, opportunities and best-practices for sustainable disaster response and property restoration. We also facillitate collaborative research, discussion forums and ad-hoc working groups across our members and with their broader stakeholders.
From Congress, the White House and federal agencies, to governors, state legislatures, insurance regulators and the standards and codes bodies that govern the building sector - SDRC will advocate for policies that prioritize sustainability in disaster response and property restoration. In doing so we help public sector leaders connect the dots between our mission and existing programs and funding for infrastructure, energy & the environment, public health, and other priorities.