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THE U.S. Resiliency Council - Goals, Objectives and Founding Principles

Paper Presented by Reis and Mayes at 2015 ATC-SEI Conference


 Building on the work of the SEAONC Existing Buildings Ratings Committee over the past eight years, and the recommendations of an ATC User’s workshop, in 2011 the US Resiliency Council® (USRC) was formed as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to be the administrative vehicle for implementing a rating system for buildings subjected to natural and man-made hazards.

 Measuring and improving the resiliency of the country’s building stock is a national imperative. Current methods to define and evaluate resiliency are often inconsistent and lack both standardization and verification. The USRC will issue either transaction or verified ratings, much like the US Green Building Council® issues LEED® ratings. Ratings will benefit building owners, lenders, tenants and government jurisdictions by increasing the value of well-designed properties and providing a means to quantify risk. Policy makers will use USRC ratings to compare and prioritize relative risks and to form a basis for developing long-term resilience policy.

 This paper describes the goals and objectives, the organizational structure and the founding principles of the USRC. Another paper in this session (Mayes and Reis 2015) discusses the need for a building rating system, the potential users, the information it provides and the measures that will be used to maintain the long term credibility of the system. Two additional papers describe the two evaluation methodologies (ASCE 31/41translation, Hohbach 2015 and FEMA P58, Haselton 2015) that will initially be used to determine the earthquake ratings.

Download : SEI-ATC 2015 Conference Reis and Mayes, USRC Goals, Objectives and Founding Principles.pdf