Resilient Design Strategies that Are Affordable or Free

If one thing is for certain, it's that the barrage of weather-related disasters isn't letting up soon. Here, architects and researchers offer a checklist for increasing the resiliency of new and existing projects.

Shortly after Category 4 Hurricane Michael hit the small community of Mexico Beach in Florida’s Panhandle in October, a New York Times (NYT) story of a single house still standing among a debris-covered shore went viral. The structure survived because its design and construction went far beyond the local code requirements.

Like climate change, resiliency is a big issue that ultimately benefits everyone when addressed as part of a large-scale holistic response at the design stage. But small changes, implemented as part of everyday renovations to existing construction or incorporated from the start in new construction, can also make a big difference—and at relatively minor cost.

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