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Publication Citation: Developing Guidelines and Standards for Disaster Resilience of the Built Environment: A Research Needs Assessment (NIST TN 1795)

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Author(s): Therese P. McAllister;
Title: Developing Guidelines and Standards for Disaster Resilience of the Built Environment: A Research Needs Assessment (NIST TN 1795)
Published: March 20, 2013
Abstract: Two national workshops were convened in 2011 to assist NIST with identifying critical gaps and needs in tools and metrics for assessing the resilience of the built environment. The Resilience Roundtable convened invited leaders from engineering practice and research communities and the standards development community to identify gaps in current practice, standards, and codes and the assessment and design of resilient buildings and infrastructure systems. The Standards for Disaster Resilience workshop further developed technical input and guidance from participants for identifying critical gaps and needs in tools and metrics for resilient communities. The workshop was open to all interested participants. Panel sessions addressed the following topics: need for resilience in buildings andinfrastructure systems, community planning for resilience, insurance perspective on building and infrastructure resilience, and standards for building, electric power, transportation, and water and wastewater systems. This report presents the technical gaps and research needs for developing standards on community resilience planning, metrics, and tools for assessing facility and community resilience. The gaps and needs are grouped as short term (less than 3 years) and long term (greater than 3 years) activities. The short term activities address resilience planning at the community level, where the role of facilities or systems in a community‰s physical resilience is defined. The long term activities address identification and development of tools and metrics that determine the expected level of performance during and after a hazard event, and include recovery of functional performance.
Citation: NIST TN - 1795
Keywords: Resilience, Buildings, Physical Infrastructure, Lifelines, Built Environment
Research Areas: Homeland Security and Disaster Resilience
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.6028/NIST.TN.1795
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