What is Resilient Design?

Resilience is the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance.  It is the capacity to bounce back after a disturbance or interruption.

Resilient Design is the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions in response to these vulnerabilities.

Resilient Buildings

  • Storms – wind, uplift
  • Flood Design
  • Passive survivability
  • Maintain livable conditions without power or heating fuel
  • Passive solar design
  • Islandable solar power systems

Water Issues

  • Water efficiency to reduce demand
  • Water storage
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Alternative water pumping systems
  • Wastewater options for greater resilience

Community Resilience

  • Walkable, bikable communities
  • Density
  • Functionality in the event of gasoline shortages
  • Social and cultural aspects of resilience

Other Aspects of Resilience

  • Food security and local agriculture
  • Resilient ecosystems