A sustainably-built environment is not obtained just by using greener building materials or improving energy efficiency. It also requires facilities to remain useful through disasters, environmental attack, and changes in the occupants and uses of a structure. The goals of the Disaster Resilience Working Group are to:
- Promote awareness of the importance to sustainability of disaster resilience.
- Provide guidance that structural engineers can use to design disaster resilient structures.
- Actively coordinate with and support efforts of other groups working in similar areas.
The Disaster Resilience Working Group is working on a short white paper that highlights the connections between disaster resilience and sustainability, and that provides broad recommendations. The white paper is expected to be completed in May, 2013.