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Disaster Resistance and Resiliency

Proficiency Level 1: Remember

List the four fundamental principles of resistance for all-hazard building design.

List the three key features of resilience in infrastructures.

Proficiency Level 2: Understand

Explain how the four key principles of building resistance and the three key features of infrastructure resilience are applied to protect buildings from disasters.

Explain why building codes and industry standards are at the core of (essential to) effective disaster resistant and resilient building.

Proficiency Level 3: Apply

Identify and explain the role of 3 building-related stakeholders that are affected in a natural disaster.   

Applying relevant building codes, demonstrate in writing how a residential building meets resistance and resiliency specifications for one type of natural disaster for your climate zone and local area.

Proficiency Level 4: Analyze

Analyze and then provide specific examples in writing to demonstrate how applied building science has been used to make buildings more disaster resistant and resilient than traditional building practices.

Analyze and summarize in writing with one specific example how disaster resistant and resilient design can also be energy-efficient design, and as a result, cost efficient over time.

Proficiency Level 1: Remember

Proficiency Level 2: Understand

Proficiency Level 3: Apply

Proficiency Level 4: Analyze

Book

Author: Mark Bomberg and Tomasz Kisilewicz
This a basic text on heat, air flow, and moisture based on years of research, teaching, and writing on these issues. It includes chapters on the durability of materials, materials in environmental control, and hygrothermal insulations. The hardcover version is Methods of Building Physics by Bomberg...
Author: Joseph Lstiburek
This relatively small guide addresses one of the most important issues in buildings—controlling rain and ground water. The prose is succinct and to the point. The graphics are outstanding. The guide is divided into five sections: Principles, Window Installation, Risk Factors (including an Average...

Website

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), under guidance from the past Federal Envelope Advisory Committee, developed this comprehensive guide for exterior envelope design and construction for institutional/office buildings. The publication list for each topic raises the level of...

Images

Proficiency Level 1: Remember

Proficiency Level 2: Understand

Proficiency Level 3: Apply

Proficiency Level 4: Analyze