The Integrated Resilient Design Program fosters innovative approaches to the design, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructures that are resilient to natural and man-made disasters. Adopting an integrated approach incorporates resilience as one of the primary goals during building design. In addition to protecting the lives of building occupants, buildings that are designed for resilience can absorb and rapidly recover from a disruptive event. Continuity of operations is a major focus. To achieve such integration requires active collaboration among all of the building team members involved in the design process and incorporates the use of new materials and technologies. The end result produces buildings and infrastructures that are resilient, cost effective, resource efficient, durable and high-performing.
Current Integrated Resilient Design Program projects are sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, whose High Performance Integrated Design Resilience (HPIDR) program develops tools and resources so users—owners, designers and others—can integrate resilience to reduce the impact of a disruptive event and the duration of its effects. More information about the DHS HPIDR program is available at www.dhs.gov/bips.
Current initiatives of the program involving the Institute include:
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