In recent years, climate change related extreme weather events have been experienced both in the UK and worldwide. These have devastated buildings and infrastructure, demonstrating the need to account for resilience in the new and existing built environment. How well equipped are we to do this?
The Centre for Resilience was created in 2014, to identify critical issues which affect the ability of homes, commercial buildings and infrastructure to remain resident during disruptive events. Its mission is to provide a place for the sector to research, learn and develop new standards in order to create the next generation of resilient materials, products, designs and innovations that will ensure the robustness and longevity of our built infrastructure.
Resilience also encompasses our built infrastructure’s ability to withstand security and cyber threats, fire risks, natural disasters and the societal unrest that arises from increasingly dense urban developments. As the global population grows apace these issues become even more critical to address and this is the long term goal of the centre.
The Centre for Resilience website was originally set up as a part of a private sector initiative, which, through the support of government, aims to provide a free and impartial source of flood guidance information. This free was created to support a wide target audience of both individuals (homeowners) and businesses, by providing step-by-step guidance of what to do in the event of a flood, information on who to contact following this flood and how to minimise the impact of future flooding.
The content for the site was initially established through a collaboration of several companies. The website is regularly updated and incorporates additional guidance and advice from appropriate sources including insurers, government and other industry. Third party guidance can be found here.
Who is it for?
The Centre for Resilience is a national and ultimately global resource that will be placed at the disposal of government, local authorities, environment agencies, industry and the public in a number of ways.
What do we do?
- Conduct research into new mitigation and adaption methods
- Create new standards for design, planning and products.
- Test, trial and certify a new innovations for real world use.
- Develop new training programmes in accordance with resilience.
- Communicate and disseminate knowledge to all stakeholders within the public and private sectors.
Aims & objectives of the Centre for Resilience?
- Seal any knowledge gaps within the resilience of the built environment.
- Use the data generated to create a new standards, products and tools to improve the built environment and promote resilience.
- Build a better world in partnership with key organisations striving to make a change in the world.
- Development of UK sector knowledge and innovation to achieve resilience that can be implemented worldwide.