Build engineered resilience by fortifying our built environment against climate change, extreme weather and natural hazards, and shortages of materials and energy.
Interventions should prepare buildings for the impacts of climate change by reducing energy consumption; reducing consumption of materials; and helping them to withstand extreme natural events, such as hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes.
Interventions in existing buildings should use equally durable building materials. Don’t mix short-term materials with long-term materials. Materials that deteriorate more quickly than the original building fabric require further interventions and decrease the service life of a building. Building designs should either include components with similarly long service lives or be designed for disassembly for replacement of the shorter life components.