Integrating Infrastructure Resilience into Sustainable Construction Design and Planning in the United States

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Proceedings of the International Conference on Urban Sustainability and Resilience


Impending climate change and rising sea levels indicate that certain communities in low-lying areas are increasingly prone to flooding. Additionally, increasingly adverse weather events due to an unpredictable weather cycle means that homes in nearly every region in the United States are vulnerable. The U.S average temperature has increased by 1.3°F to 1.9°F since 1895, and is projected to rise another 2°F to 4°F in the coming decades. As a result, changes in very heavy precipitation patters have been observed across every region of the United States. Moreover, changes in the climate has also been linked to increasingly intense heat events, coastal flooding, and storm surge in certain regions across the United States (Melilo et al., 2014).