What is Resilience?

Resilience in the built environment, is the “ability for infrastructure, buildings and society to withstand and recover from extreme events”. This definition encompasses a variety of resilience aspects.

1. Climate resilience

The Centre4Resilience will address how the built environment should adapt for climate change. This could include information on flood resilience and adaptation to manage; increased rainfall; higher wind speeds; extreme cold; overheating and how to be respond to storm damage. This will be the major focus for the Centre4Resilience, with specific reference to the expansion of flood resilience measures to create a flood resilient built environment within the U.K.

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2. Disaster resilience

Flooding, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, droughts and famine all take unprecedented toll, not only on human life, but also on the built environment and infrastructure. The promotion of rebuilding with resilient reconstruction practices, following a natural or anthropological disaster, will be a key focus area for the Centre4Resilience.

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3. Security and cyber resilience

In our increasingly digital world, the way we operate and secure our buildings, homes and infrastructure, is highly dependent on resilient technology. The centre will explore a range of issues around making our technology robust, protecting data and ensuring quality building performance.

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4. Societal resilience

The impacts of increased urbanisation, increasing populations and high density developments, can breed social unrest – especially if coupled with adverse weather impacts like overheating. How can we ensure that our existing communities and new developments can alleviate the tensions and stresses that lead to social unrest?

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