Last edited 13 Sep 2021


In its broadest sense, the word ‘exposure’ refers to a state of being vulnerable to something harmful, or the degree of protection of something from negative impacts – such as the weather, or economic changes.

A Guide To Climate Change Impacts, On Scotland’s Historic Environment, published by Historic Environment Scotland in October 2019, defines exposure as: ‘The natural features of an asset’s position within the landscape that render it vulnerable to harm or damage.’

Water safety in buildings, published by the World Health Organization in 2011, defines exposure as the: ‘Concentration or amount of a particular agent that reaches a target organism, system or (sub)population in a specific frequency for a defi ned duration (WHO, 2004a).’

Exposure can also refer to the revelation of a secret or something that was concealed.

[edit] Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki

Designing Buildings Anywhere

Get the Firefox add-on to access 20,000 definitions direct from any website

Find out more Accept cookies and
don't show me this again