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Measures of Building Resilience


Engineering Laboratory, Materials and Construction Research Division

RO# Location
50.73.11.B7621 Gaithersburg, MD

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Name E-mail Phone
McAllister, Therese Park therese.mcallister@nist.gov 301.975.6078


The research objective in Measures of Building Resilience is to develop and validate the tools to measure the disaster resilience of buildings. These tools include, but are not limited to, using risk-based assessment and decision methods that are supported by a cost/benefit analysis and performance-based design and retrofit methodologies. The tools will consider, for a wide spectrum of hazards, a systemic approach to building resilience that includes (1) the performance of both structural and nonstructural building systems, (2) system damage and loss of functionality following a hazard event, (3) the duration of recovery, and (4) associated economic losses. We are particularly interested in the need to develop design events, performance goals, and measures for building resilience that account for life safety, building usability/functionality during and after an event, and the time and costs required to resume service. Performance criteria and metrics for assessing building resilience will enable the development of decision tools for planners and stakeholders to anticipate and enhance the performance of buildings during and after extreme events, thus reducing loss of life, injuries, and economic loss. This project will develop (1) performance criteria and metrics for evaluating building resilience, (2) design and retrofit strategies for resilience, and (3) risk-based assessment and decision methods for achieving building resilience that are supported by a cost/benefit analysis and performance-based methods for codes, standards, and practices.


Buildings; Resilience; Performance criteria; Risk-based assessment; Decision methods;


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