The better a structure is built, the longer it will last and the more resilient it will be to the elements. Building strategically using strong, longstanding materials leads to safety, sustainability, and cost-efficiency. As a building material, concrete performs incredibly. Concrete Alberta is committed to spreading the word about the benefits of building resiliency, and are proud to be a part of the Pacific Northwest Building Resilience Coalition.
Resiliency in the Public Sphere
Above, Evan Reis, Executive Director and Co-founder of the U.S. Resiliency Council addresses attendees of the PNWER 2018 Summit. Reis spoke about the steps that communities and leaders can take to strengthen their resilience in the wake of natural disasters. Concrete Alberta was a proud sponsor of this keynote through our involvement with the Pacific Northwest Building Resilience Coalition.
The following videos feature Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaption at the University of Waterloo, speaking about climate change an the need for infrastructure to be resilient.
The Importance of Building Resiliency
Why does resiliency matter? MIT research has highlighted some major findings around why building with resiliency in mind really matters:
- Saving governments rebuilding costs after extreme weather situations
- Protect against tragedy before storms strike by using sturdy materials like concrete
- Save costs in the long run, even if the initial investment is slightly higher
- MIT has developed what they call a Break Even Mitigation Percent (BEMP) model that can help contractors and engineers to determine how much they could save by investing in resilient building practices.
- In USD, MIT determined that a $340,000 investment in hazard mitigation could pay for itself in the lifetime of a $10 million building.
Learn more about how building strong, innovative structures can help protect from the negative effects of climate change from the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation.