The resilience of the built environment has emerged as a core area of interest for communities, including property owners. In the wake of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, new guidelines have been developed to help communities prepare for both natural hazards (including those induced by climate change) and human-caused hazards. Such tools—referred to collectively as “resilience standards"—provide guidance for preparing buildings, infrastructure, and other systems for hazards and can also foster community cohesion.
This research project identified a crowded landscape of standards, varying in terms of which hazards they address, the scale of analysis, and performance outcomes. This report—conducted for the Energy, Kresge, and Barr Foundations—provides an overview of the market for practitioners and property owners, suggests next steps to support market growth and development, and informs decision making for funders and policy makers.
Meister Consultants Group joined Cadmus in October 2017.