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New ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Publication Focuses on Buildings and Lifeline Standards

Parul Dubey on April 16, 2019 - in News, Products

Reston, Va. – ASCE’s new book, Resilience-Based Performance: Next Generation Guidelines for Buildings and Lifeline Standards, IRP 3, focuses on the enhancements that are needed in the design and construction of buildings and lifeline systems to support a community’s social stability, economic vitality, and environmental sustainability. Lifelines are networks that are vital to the communities they serve, and include communications, electric power, water, transportation.  This book is divided into four thematic areas, that include

  • Characterization of communities and their supporting infrastructure,
  • Hazard assessment,
  • Metrics and assessment methods for community resilience,
  • Metrics and assessment methods for building and lifeline performance.


Current code-based standards focus on the performance of individual facilities and are out of sync with the resilience needs of the broader community. This Infrastructure Resilience Publication provides the basis of a new approach that integrates community-level resilience goals with functional recover-based design standards.  The convergent nature of this challenge makes this book appealing to engineers, social scientists, economists, planners, and government officials.

To purchase online visit the ASCE Bookstore

Limited review copies are available for book reviews. Please contact Kevin Higgins, [email protected]; phone 703-295-6266.

About ASCE

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE works to raise awareness of the need to maintain and modernize the nation’s infrastructure using sustainable and resilient practices, advocates for increasing and optimizing investment in infrastructure, and seeks to “Raise the Bar” on engineering knowledge and competency.

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