Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities: Resilience Requires Codes and Standards

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities: Resilience Requires Codes and Standards

With the increase in the frequency and severity of hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, wildfires, and other adverse and extreme weather events, America’s infrastructure must be more resilient. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) encourages infrastructure stakeholders, including owners, operators, governments, and engineers, to leverage new technologies, methods, and materials, and to adopt current codes and standards, in order to minimize recovery cost and time.

Accordingly, the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program doubled funding for the fiscal year 2021 projects, awarding grants to state governments and local communities to undertake pre-disaster hazard mitigation projects. ASCE was instrumental in the underlining legislation, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018, which authorized BRIC, and collaborating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to implement the program.

Consensus-based codes incorporated in the BRIC program include the following ASCE codes and standards, and ASCE Manuals of Practice (MOP):

  • Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures ASCE/SEI 7-16
  • Flood Resistant Design and Construction ASCE/SEI 24-14
  • Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings ASCE/SEI 41-17
  • Standard Specification for the Design of Cold-formed Stainless-Steel Structural Members ASCE 8-02
  • Wind Tunnel Testing for Buildings and Other Structures ASCE 49-12
  • Hazard-Resilient Infrastructure: Analysis and Design ASCE MOP 144
  • Guidelines for Electrical Transmission Line Structural Loading ASCE MOP 74, 4th Edition
  • Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Adaptive Design and Risk Management ASCE MOP 140

Adapted from the American Society of Civil Engineers. © 2021 American Society of Civil Engineers.

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