ASCE group is 1 of several working toward more resilient building

Wildfires, flooding, and massive storms are causing building specialists to focus on resiliency -- how to make buildings and communities more resistant to results of climate change. Some call for a "czar"-type appointment within the government to help bring various ideas and best practices under one roof so there would be less need to "reinvent the wheel." Others say that's not necessary; we can learn from what others have done successfully. Experts, including those at the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, are hard at work on the prolem. "For now, it's really perfect that so many people are talking about the issues and are exploring possible solutions," says Kevin Shanley, CEO of landscape architect SWA Group. "The optimal strategies should emerge from this outwardly confusing but ultimately efficient creative effort ... In time, standards-setting bodies can adopt the best approaches."

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