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10/21/16

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Road to Resiliency: Architects and Engineers Design for Regions At Risk for Natural Disasters

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Source: U.S. Green Building Council

Resilient design takes stock of the hazards a project is likely to face—earthquakes, storms, extremes of temperature, floods, fires, or a combination—and builds in the capacity to adapt and recover. In Maritime Southeast Asia, where hazard exposures span a wide range of type and intensity within a small, densely populated area, three current projects respond to risks at three levels of urgency.

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Regardless of geography or urgency, the questions guiding resilient design are the same, says Luke Leung, PE. Leung is director of sustainable engineering at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and an author of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) new pilot credits in resilient design.

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