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Conducting Vulnerability Assessments (Resilience Series Course 5)

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Learn how to conduct vulnerability assessments in new and existing buildings using a step-by-step process to make informed decisions about retrofits, renovations, and repairs to reduce damage from any hazard.

The course begins with an overview of vulnerability concepts and terminology, defining the link between vulnerability and potential damage to existing or new buildings. Its main focus, however, is guiding architects through a 10-step all-hazards vulnerability assessment methodology that has been developed, tested, and used by experts in architecture and design. Using a case study and real examples, this course shows you how to apply each step in the process. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to conduct a building vulnerability assessment with your design team, leverage that assessment to inform your hazard mitigation strategy, and be confident about the benefits of incorporating resilient design features into your projects.

Course expires on 10/31/2024

This course is sponsored by Owens Corning

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Learning Objectives


Define and explain vulnerability and the purpose of building vulnerability assessments


Learn how to use visual assessments to estimate a building’s ability to withstand a given hazard event


Apply a methodology for conducting a building vulnerability assessment


Use a building vulnerability assessment as a tool to target the most effective hazard mitigation strategies for the building retrofits

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