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Institute Spearheads Resilience Chapter in New Architectural Graphic Standards

Earlier this spring, Wiley released the twelfth edition of Architectural Graphic Standards, its seminal reference for building design and construction professionals. Among the updates and features in the edition is a newly added chapter on resilience developed under the leadership of the National Institute of Building Sciences.

Entitled ‘Building Resiliency,’ the chapter begins, “Natural and manmade hazardous events can impose a devastating cost upon society…Stakeholders of civil infrastructure have a vested interest in reducing these costs by improving and maintaining operational and physical performance of facilities.”

The coverage starts with the four “R”s of resilience: robustness, resourcefulness, rapid recovery and redundancy, and looks at ways to incorporate resilience at the individual building and overall community level. The chapter addresses both natural hazards, such as high winds, earthquakes, flooding and fire, as well as man-caused threats, including blast resistance; chemical and biological protection; radiation and nuclear threats; ballistics; forced entry; and cybersecurity.

It is broken down into the following sections:

Roger J. Grant, CSI, CDT, program director at the National Institute of Building Sciences, coordinated the team of resilience-related subject matter experts, which included: Martin Denholm, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, BSCP of SmithGroupJJR; Mohammed Ettouney PhD, PE, MBA, F.AEI, Dist. M.ASCE of Mohammed Ettouney, LLC; Robert Smilowitz PhD, PE of Thornton Tomasetti- Weidlinger Protective Design Practice; Joseph L. Smith, PSP and Kenneth W. Herrle, PE, CPP, PMP of Applied Research Associates, Inc.; and Michael Chipley PhD, GICSP, PMP LEED AP of the PMC Group.

Advancing resilience at both the building and community level is one of the primary focuses of the work of the National Institute of Building Sciences. In the past month, the Institute has participated in the White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes and testified to Congress about the benefits of using incentives to reduce the cost of disaster response. Learn more about the National Institute of Building Sciences.

The Architectural Graphic Standards has an enduring and unsurpassed reputation for high-quality illustration, text and graphic design. With the addition of a chapter on resilience, the Architectural Graphic Standards, 12th Edition is now the go-to reference on making building design and construction more resilient. Find out more about the Architectural Graphic Standards, 12th Edition.

About NIBS

National Institute of Building Sciences brings together labor and consumer interests, government representatives, regulatory agencies, and members of the building industry to identify and resolve problems and potential problems around the construction of housing and commercial buildings. NIBS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization. It was established by Congress in 1974. For more information, visit or follow @bldgsciences on Twitter and Facebook.

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