Last edited 26 Dec 2019



[edit] Introduction

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.

The SuDS Manual published by CIRIA in 2015 defines climate resilience as: ‘The capacity of a system to cope with a hazardous climate event or trend or disturbance, responding or reorganising in ways that maintain (or recover) its essential function, identity and structure, while also maintaining the capacity for adaptation.’

In terms of the built environment, resilience can involve refining designs, stress testing solutions, designing adaptable and flexible structures, developing 'stronger' infrastructure and so on.

[edit] Principles of resilience

Resilience measures should be discussed and incorporated during the predevelopment and planning stages:

  • 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.

[edit] Resilient design

[edit] Buildings

Resilient design strategies for buildings include:

[edit] Community

Resilient design strategies at the community scale include:

[edit] Regions and ecosystems

Resilient design strategies at the regional and ecosystem scales include:

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