Last edited 23 Dec 2020



[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.’

'Encouraging resilient assets using BREEAM' defines resilience as ‘the capacity of built assets and infrastructure to endure acute shocks and chronic stresses while successfully adapting to long-term changes’.

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:

[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:

[edit] Security

The Loss Prevention Standard (LSP 2082 : Issue 1.0), published by BRE Global in 2017, defines resilience as the: ‘Ability to maintain and adapt in response to changing circumstances, including changes in security threat, facility operations, maintenance and sub-system failures.’

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