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Climate Change Resilience Strategies for the Building Sector: Examining Existing Domains of Resilience Utilized by Design Professionals

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School of Architecture and Planning, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14214, USA
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College of Architecture and Design, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid 22110, Jordan
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Sustainability 2019, 11(10), 2888; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11102888
Received: 4 March 2019 / Revised: 9 May 2019 / Accepted: 16 May 2019 / Published: 21 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
Recently, climate change resilience efforts in the building sector have increased. Previous studies have examined the theoretical frameworks that have shaped the concept development of resilience. However, little is known about the theoretical approaches adopted by building professionals in their climate change resilience work. A literature review identified climate change resilience across four academic domains: ecology, engineering, disaster risk reduction, and the social sciences. To better understand how resilience is defined in the building sector, we examined eighteen climate change resilience documents developed to provide guidance to building sector professionals in the United States. Our analysis of these documents helps to understand how professionals are framing and possibly incorporating these strategies in their work, though we did not measure the adoption rate of each of the documents. We find that resilience is mostly a discourse on bouncing-back, preserving the status quo, and/or developing emergency responses to major hazards. Fewer documents incorporated an ecological or social science-based logic. This highlights the challenges of translating resilience from four academic domains into building strategies for the professional community. In closing, we discuss how competing conceptions of resilience may impact the implementation and effectiveness of climate change resilience strategies in the built environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: building sector; building codes; building standards; building design; climate adaptation building sector; building codes; building standards; building design; climate adaptation
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Rajkovich, N.B.; Okour, Y. Climate Change Resilience Strategies for the Building Sector: Examining Existing Domains of Resilience Utilized by Design Professionals. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2888. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11102888

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Rajkovich NB, Okour Y. Climate Change Resilience Strategies for the Building Sector: Examining Existing Domains of Resilience Utilized by Design Professionals. Sustainability. 2019; 11(10):2888. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11102888

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Rajkovich, Nicholas B.; Okour, Yasmein. 2019. "Climate Change Resilience Strategies for the Building Sector: Examining Existing Domains of Resilience Utilized by Design Professionals" Sustainability 11, no. 10: 2888. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11102888

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