Importance of Resilient Construction

In addition to satisfying minimum life safety provisions, incorporating enhanced resilience into building design and construction augments economic viability, addresses societal issues, and helps communities to minimize negative environmental impacts. While enhanced resiliency is beneficial to all communities, this is especially important in disaster prone areas. When disaster strikes, more resilient buildings reduce the:

  • time for communities to recover after disasters
  • demand on emergency response personnel
  • expenditures required for emergency response
  • risk of injury or death for emergency responders
  • owner, occupant, and community expenditures for disaster recovery
  • amount of resources required for disaster relief
  • amount of damage and contaminated materials and contents to be disposed in  landfills or by incineration

Even when disasters do not strike communities can benefit from design and construction requirements that enhance resiliency. Robust and durable resilient buildings: 

  • minimize the amount of energy and resources required for routine maintenance, repair, and replacement over the life of the building, providing long term benefits for subsequent owners and occupants
  • provide enhanced safety and security for occupant comfort and productivity
  • increase design service lives
  • enhance the operational continuity of the community in which they are built 
  • are adaptable for future use and re-purposing to minimize long-term environmental impacts involved with replacement, removal, disposal, and reconstruction
  • attract and retain businesses and residents

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Further Reading

Resilient Buildings: Prerequisite for Sustainable CommunitiesS. Szoke, Portland Cement Association, for National Institute of Building Sciences Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council Life Cycle Performance: Moving Forward to More Resilient Communities, Washington, DC, January 7, 2014

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

From the smart electric power grid and electronic health records to atomic clocks, advanced nanomaterials, and computer chips, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.