Resources for Resiliency
All individuals have the right to thrive in the communities in which they live, work, and play. Promoting equal access to the built environment as outlined by federal accessibility regulations and other accessible design initiatives is essential to this vision. Additionally, supporting building design that promotes occupant comfort can significantly impact people with disabilities; for example, improving air quality to mitigate symptoms of chronic asthma. It is also important to ensure that people with disabilities enjoy the same benefits afforded to others in both residential and commercial spaces, such as fitness programs that serve all ages and abilities.
- Enterprise Community Partners has great tools aimed at improving building resiliency in housing, and planning for rapid recovery from catastrophic events. Check out their Ready to Respond page for toolkits, training videos, and more.
- The Whole Building Design Guide was ahead of its time in integrating Accessibility, Aesthetics, Productivity and Security/Safety with energy efficiency and sustainability concepts. Their guidance on creating a Secure/Safe building is particularly apt in today’s climate of concerns over building resiliency.