The National Institute of Standards and Technology has produced two volumes of a Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems. The first volume spends time describing the methodology and provides a fictitious example of the planning process while the second volume provides reference chapters to Volume 1.
The city of Norfolk, as a 100 Resilient Cities grantee, developed a Resilience Strategy that was published in October 2015. The stated goal of the plan is to reduce risks as well as embrace new ways of thinking and thriving in conditions that require continuous innovation. The full plan is available online.
Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative addresses the broad issue of increasing the nation’s resilience to disasters. This book defines “national resilience”, describes the state of knowledge about resilience to hazards and disasters, and frames the main issues related to increasing resilience in the United States. It also provide goals, baseline conditions, or performance metrics for national resilience and outlines additional information, data, gaps, and/or obstacles that need to be addressed to increase the nation’s resilience to disasters. Additionally, the book’s authoring committee makes recommendations about the necessary approaches to elevate national resilience to disasters in the United States.
Earth Day 2015 is just around the corner, and this year Resilient Virginia shares an inspirational vision of the future through our exclusive sneak peak of the ebook on The Celestia Project, which will be unveiled officially by Green Builder magazine on this Earth Day.
This report from the Georgetown Climate Center and Old Dominion University’s Mitigation & Adaptation Research Institute touches on two threats to Virginia’s communities: rising seas, flooding, and extreme storms; and threats from extreme heat.
This report from the University of Michigan and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) includes regional impact information and building adaptation strategy. For the Southeast U.S. these include: sea-level rise; increased heat-related stresses for people, plants and animals; decreased water availability; and increased damage from higher intensity hurricanes and storm surges.
Designing for a Resilient America: A Stakeholder Summit on High Performance Resilient Buildings and Related Infrastructure
Given the gravity of manmade and natural hazard events of the last decade, designing buildings that not only offer resistance, but continue to function after a catastrophic event, are significant challenges to government and the building industry. The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) has recommended better understanding of the role of design and construction in infrastructure resilience.