Title

Risk-based assessment of wood residential construction subjected to hurricane events considering indirect and environmental loss

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-10-2016

Abstract

© 2016, © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Wood residential construction is susceptible to natural hazards such as hurricanes, which was evident in recent hurricanes such as Hurricane Sandy. Traditional loss analysis typically considers direct loss and thus does not provide a comprehensive estimation of total loss that also includes indirect and environmental losses. This paper proposes a framework to evaluate direct, indirect, and environmental losses of wood residential construction subjected to hurricane events considering a changing climate. The framework contains hurricane simulations including stationary and non-stationary scenarios, time-dependent fragility for key components of building envelop, and loss analysis including direct, indirect, and environmental losses of wood residential construction subjected to hurricane events. It is found that the potential effects of climate change may have a significant impact on the structural vulnerability; indirect and environmental losses account for approximately half of the total losses. The proposed framework can be used for decision-makers and designers to achieve the goal of more resilient and environmentally sustainable structures.

Publication Title

Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

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