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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.


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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