Nov 20, 2015
Resilience has climbed to the top of the buzz word charts for commercial design, even though it is a relatively new concept for commercial buildings. In 2009 Madni and Jackson defined resilience as "the ability to build systems that are able to circumvent accidents through anticipation, survive disruptions through recovery, and grow through adaptation." Some researchers even consider building resiliency as the ideal goal, instead of just environmentally positive, net-zero energy new construction buildings. But when facility managers start looking into capital improvements for their existing buildings, considering both resiliency and sustainability in tandem means getting much more bang for your buck. We've outlined three key areas in which building resilience and sustainability complement each other. Investing in these will have substantial environmental, financial, and safety benefits for companies, their employees and surrounding communities.