This NSF-funded project proposes a new building life-cycle assessment method, based on the tradeoffs and interdependence of structural, economic, and environmental features. The framework quantifies environmental impacts of hazard-resistance and green design, promoting a more holistic approach to decisions about building design and hazard mitigation. Measurement of future socio-economic and environmental losses after hazard events will provide developing communities with a more comprehensive analysis tool for structural performance. Post-disaster reconstruction costs and ecological degradation increase the vulnerability of already-struggling communities; Read more...

Research by:  Associate Professor Abbie Liel and PhD student Sarah Welsh-Huggins
Funded by: NSF grant #1234503

 

Building Resilience After Disaster Diagram