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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.


Author: Mark Bomberg and Tomasz Kisilewicz
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Author: Joseph Lstiburek
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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...