Resilient Design

Creating buildings for adaptation to changing climate conditions
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Sponsored by Cascade Architectural and C.R. Laurence Co., Inc.
By Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP
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Resilient building design is based on some basic principles focused on the intentional actions to recognize and address changing threats to a building. Vulnerable areas, such as glass and glazing systems, can be designed and specified to directly respond to these conditions through high-performance materials and products. An alternative approach is to use protective materials over vulnerable areas that can become an appealing part of the building design. In all cases, the coordinated efforts of all stakeholders in a building will serve to increase the overall resilience of a building following severe events.

Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is a nationally known architect, consultant, continuing education presenter, and prolific author advancing building performance through better design.,


C.R. Laurence - U.S. Aluminum Cascade Architectural
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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in March 2020


Resilient Design
Buyer's Guide
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GRS Laminated Glass Railing System
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