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Existing Buildings: Hazard Mitigation Retrofits (Resilience Series Course 7)

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Architects are always evolving their practice to meet the needs of clients. As billion-dollar disaster events become the new normal, resilient design solutions that reduce risk and impact—and protect your client’s assets—present a tremendous opportunity for architects. This intermediate-level course unpacks best practices for retrofitting and upgrading existing buildings— often beyond current building codes—to reduce potential damage from key hazards. In addition to strategies for existing buildings, you’ll review unique complexities and opportunities for retrofitting historic buildings. At the end of this course, you’ll have in-depth knowledge, technical information, and resources that will help you improve a building’s disaster resistance and implement strategic design decisions that mitigate the damaging impacts of water inundation, wind and storms, other climate-related hazards, and geologic/seismic hazards.

This course is part of the AIA Resilience and Adaptation Series, a multi-course series that provides you with the tools and knowledge you need to design for resilience. Take all of the courses in this series to earn a certificate of completion.

Course expires on 10/30/2024

This course is sponsored by Owens Corning

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Learning Objectives


Achieve risk management goals by addressing the vulnerability assessment.


Identify hazard mitigation retrofit strategies to reduce potential damage.


Apply and integrate mitigation retrofit strategies for multiple hazards.


Explain the unique complexities and opportunities for retrofitting historic buildings to improve resilience.

The AIA Resilience and Adaptation Online Series is developed by the AIA as part of the resilience and adaptation initiative.