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Resilience is the ability to adapt and respond to changing conditions while maintaining functionality.
Resilience to climate change, involves adaptation to possible impacts such as; intense storms, greater precipitation, increased flooding, longer and more severe droughts, melting permafrost, wildfires, warmer temperatures, more power outages, and so on.
 Principles of resilience
- Identifying hazards.
- Assessing vulnerabilities.
- Analysing scenarios and impacts.
- Establishing performance targets.
- Assessing how resilient interventions can create value in terms of underwriting building operations and mitigating harm.
- Balancing costs and long-term value over the intended service life.
- Developing lines of communication about potential hazards to build resilience between owners, operators and users.
- Designing and building structures that can accommodate the anticipated impacts of change.
- Strengthening critical systems to withstand extreme weather.
- Using future climatic conditions to model design solutions rather than relying on past data.
- Designing structures that will remain habitable in the event of power or energy loss.
- Building in manual overrides to reduce dependence on complex building controls and systems.
- Optimising on-site renewable energy supply.
- Rainwater harvesting.
- Composting toilets and water-less urinals.
- Selecting materials and components that will not present a hazard in the event of damage.
- Combining tested vernacular design practices with modern materials and techniques.
Resilient design strategies at the community scale include:
- Building social structures that strengthen the community, wuch as gathering spaces, communal gardens, and so on.
- Minimising reliance on fuels sourced from a distance.
- Reducing the urban heat island effect
- Managing stormwater.
- Designing resilience into communications infrastructure.
- Encouraging community education programmes to instil greater understanding.
 Regions and ecosystems
Resilient design strategies at the regional and ecosystem scales include:
- Maintaining and protect aquifers.
- Developing and strengthening regional transport networks.
- Developing regional renewable power-generation systems.
- Encouraging reliance on regionally-manufactured goods.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- BREEAM Adaptation to climate change.
- BREEAM Designing for durability and resilience.
- Building flood resilience.
- Design flexibility.
- Designing resilient cities: a guide to good practice (EP 103).
- Engineering in the 21st century.
- Engineering resilience to human threats.
- Environmental plan for building design and construction.
- Future proofing construction.
- Hurricane design considerations.
- Managing and responding to disaster.
- Property flood resilience.
- Risk assessment.
- Sustainability in building design and construction.
- Two steps towards a more resilient world.
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