Over the past several decades, there has been a continuous increase in human and economic loss from disaster events. The rise in disasters and their consequences is related to a rise in people’s vulnerability, induced by human development. However, examples of resiliency planning and more stringent building code requirements still lag. This article will offer a view on emerging risks and opportunities as human and economic losses from disasters increase, with the overarching goal of supporting and advancing resilience in future construction of buildings and critical infrastructure.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the increased risks from natural hazards and how resilient construction can support long-term sustainability by addressing life safety and building functionality.
  • Identify approaches to mitigate the effects of natural hazards through both voluntary and mandatory strategies that include steps such as adopting updated building codes and high-performance standards, incentivizing disaster resilient construction and building with robust materials.
  • Underpin a community’s economic vitality and safety through natural hazard mitigation, and encourage other potential incentives such as zoning benefits, accelerated permitting, rebates, and loan programs.
  • Demonstrate the importance of incorporating resilient standards in construction through enhanced building codes, fortified programs, and rating systems.