Session Details



October 18, 2023

Start Time

01:00 PM

End Time

02:00 PM

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Resilient Buildings, Disaster is a Hazard You Didn’t Prepare For
Resilient Buildings, Disaster is a Hazard You Didn’t Prepare For

Given the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters, including hurricanes, floods, wildfires and other hazardous events, and the dire predictions of climate scientists that things will only get worse, the construction and design industry need to redouble efforts to mitigate climate change, and get serious about adaptation to reduce the catastrophic risks of a worsening climate and sea level rise.

The good news is that with buildings and urban infrastructure, there is overlap in adaptation and mitigation strategies. Identifying the measures and implementing ones that provide the biggest benefit and the least cost for any given asset starts with conducting a climate risk and resilience assessment.

This session will provide an introduction to the growing practice of climate risk assessment, and how to use it to assess and mitigate vulnerabilities, while improving the resilience and performance of new and existing buildings. This interactive presentation will also review strategies for the design and retrofit of buildings to increase resilience, and the role of material manufacturers, design professionals, and construction teams to create resilient structures.

This session is FREE to attend and located in the Technical Know-how Learning Center inside the Expo Hall. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and space is limited.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define what is meant by resilience in the context of the built environment and why it is important
  • Review the trends influencing the emerging focus on climate risk and resilience
  • Understand the components of a climate risk and resilience assessment
  • Review strategies for mitigating risk and increasing resilience in buildings
  • Consider how resilient design complements other sustainable and healthy building strategies

Alan Scott

Alan Scott, FAIA

Director of Sustainability, Intertek

Alan Scott, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is a registered architect and sustainability practitioner with over 35 years of experience, creatively applying his skills as a facilitator, consultant, and teacher in support of high-performance, sustainable built environment projects. His work focuses on boosting new and existing building performance, decarbonization, occupant wellness and resilience.

Earn Continuing Education Credit:
Approved for 1.0 AIA Health, Safety and Welfare Learning Unit