Stronger, Safer Communities
Concrete structures play a critical role in making communities stronger and safer. Of all construction materials for buildings and other infrastructure, concrete is by far the most disaster-resilient.
Concrete can be incorporated in several key aspects to make projects more durable and disaster resistant. For example, concrete wall, ﬂoor and roof systems offer an unsurpassed combination of structural strength and wind resistance. In addition, hardened exterior ﬁnishes for walls and roofs of a home or business provide the best combination of strength and security.
Resilient communities start with comprehensive planning, including stricter building codes that produce robust structures with long service lives. More durable buildings with high-performance features that incorporate concrete and cement promote community continuity.
Buildings and structures with resilient design and materials are not only better able to recover following disasters, such as hurricanes or fires, they are also the new “green” buildings. Builders, architects, and designers have come to recognize that more durable public buildings, private homes, and businesses, often built with concrete to resist damage from natural disasters, also reduce the impact entire communities have on our planet.
Other organizations that are involved with RESILIENT design and construction:
MIT Concrete Sustainabiity Hub researchers have conducted extensive research on resilient construction. Learn more >
Learn what factors makes a building or structure more RESILIENT. Learn More >
The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH®) is the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. Learn more >
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