Building Toward a Sustainable and Resilient Future


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Title: Building Toward a Sustainable and Resilient Future

Author(s): Julie K. Buffenbarger

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 305


Appears on pages(s): 26.1-26.16

Keywords: Sustainability, Durability, Resilience, Life Cycle Analysis, Life Cycle Costing

Date: 9/1/2015

In the 21st century, climate change is a fundamental threat to the human species due to our collective inability to reduce carbon emissions and slow the pace of climate change. Mounting evidence predicts increased frequency and severity in future environmental climate-related events leading to potential disaster scenarios. In addition to designing buildings and infrastructure to minimum life safety provisions, adoption of fortification measures against climate-related, natural and manmade disasters must occur. Enhancing the robustness, durability, longevity, disaster resistance, and safety of structures is accomplishable with innovative materials and technology, sound construction practices, and employment of appropriate inspection and maintenance strategies. The safety, serviceability and extended service life minimizing the risk of failure for buildings and infrastructure can be ensured through sustainable and resilient design, construction and maintenance.