Overview of resilience of the built environment


Because climate-related and weather-related risks have always been present, governments and private parties have fairly well-established institutional, governance and policy frameworks to build resilience in our built environment.

The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy (Australian Government 2015e,f) sets out the Australian Government’s approach to the continuing operation of critical infrastructure in the face of all hazards, particularly where the infrastructure supports essential services to businesses, governments and the community. The strategy recognises that resilient critical infrastructure is a shared responsibility between business and government, is essential to Australia’s economic and social prosperity, and supports community and broader disaster resilience.

The Enhancing Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment roadmap also focuses on building resilience, and a range of codes, standards and rating schemes exist to ensure that new buildings are resilient to a changing climate. Further improving the resilience of built assets will become more important as extreme weather events become increasingly likely to threaten assets (Infrastructure Australia 2015).

Jackson WJ, Argent RM, Bax NJ, Bui E, Clark GF, Coleman S, Cresswell ID, Emmerson KM, Evans K, Hibberd MF, Johnston EL, Keywood MD, Klekociuk A, Mackay R, Metcalfe D, Murphy H, Rankin A, Smith DC, Wienecke B (2016). Overview: Overview of resilience of the built environment. In: Australia state of the environment 2016, Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra, https://soe.environment.gov.au/theme/overview/built-environment/topic/overview-resilience-built-environment, DOI 10.4226/94/58b65510c633b