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Resilient Communities Need Resilient Buildings

Three structural engineers and a mortgage broker founded the non-profit US Resiliency Council in 2011 because we are not as ready as we need to be for future earthquakes or other natural disasters. From their unique professional perspectives, they identified an important obstacle:

Most people lack reliable information about what will happen after a major quake to the buildings in which they live and work.

Without such information, people can’t understand how their decisions will affect their ability to function and survive financially. The result is under-investment in the materials, designs, and technologies that can make buildings – and therefore communities – more resilient. At the heart of the problem is the following truth:

Current building codes are minimum requirements that aim to save lives, not to keep buildings usable after disasters.

Most US buildings were constructed decades ago, before we learned lessons from major disasters. Even some structures built to modern building codes or green design targets may suffer significant damage or need to be demolished. This means lives, livelihoods, our environment, and economic recovery are at stake.

Our vision is a world where we not only have a low impact on the environment, the environment has a low impact on us.

Being under-prepared can cripple communities for years. New Orleans suffered immediate losses of nearly $80 billion in Hurricane Katrina, and even ten years later had not fully recovered. In the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch New Zealand earthquakes, more than half of downtown buildings had to be demolished.

The USRC has become a leading organization complimenting green design with resilient design, to achieve true sustainability.

USRC Building Rating System

Measuring Resiliency Outcomes that Matter

Learn about the three dimensions that factor into USRC’s comprehensive earthquake rating system.

A Member-Driven Approach to Promote Resiliency

The USRC boasts nearly 100 members, among them engineers, architects, builders, industry leaders, and engineering professional organizations. Our members and the more than 70 professionals certified to use the USRC Rating System are engaging the diverse building stakeholder community to promote the benefits of resilience based design.

Together we are changing the discussion around the value of long-term resilient thinking. We are developing rating systems for wind, wildfire and flood to supplement our earthquake rating system, and we are actively collaborating with lenders, insurers, and local, state and federal jurisdictions to incentivize investments in resiliency.

USRC Members

USRC Members

USRC members share our vision of a resilient and sustainable world.

Membership

Membership

Join our more than 90 members and help the USRC improve community resiliency.

USRC Certification

USRC Certification

Become a USRC Certified Rating Professional and add value to the services you provide.

Get your building rated

Get your building rated

Ready to have your building USRC rated? Begin here.

USRC In The News

USRC Members

Resilience is top of mind around the nation. See how the USRC is contributing to the conversation.

Members News

Computers and Structures Inc

The world’s leading maker of engineering software is proud to support the USRC

Members News

Optimum Seismic

Learn about a leading contactor’s commitment to resilience

USRC Resources

USRC Resources

Click here for videos and technical references to help you tool up your resilience work and advocacy.