09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
21 October 2023

Integrating Future Climate into Codes and Standards

Integrated Systems

This session will be live-streamed by Continuing Education.

There is an urgent demand to advance design practice so that climate-informed environmental hazards can be incorporated into our standards and building codes. Development of design criteria that address future hazard conditions requires application of climate science to engineering requirements for environmental hazards and reassessment of current approaches for addressing risk, as reliability methods based on historical events cannot fully address the risks for future nonstationary.

During this panel session. Jennifer Goupil will begin with a broad overview of current efforts underway at ASCE — especially those in collaboration with federal partners NOAA, NIST, and FEMA — to advance best practices, standards, and codes for climate resilient designs; followed by the following topics:

(2) NIST Roadmap for Incorporating Climate Projections into Codes and Standards for the Built Environment, based on a critical assessment of current data, methods and practices and research and implementation steps needed to incorporate climate science into codes and standards and improve resilience. By Marc Levitan;

(2) ASCE/SEI plans for incorporating future climate-informed environmental hazards into design guidance and standards, including highlighting progress of the new ASCE 7-28 Subcommittee on Future Conditions of Environmental Hazards, and goal to get this information into practice even before publication of ASCE 7-28. By Don Scott;

(3) Future climate-related activities and support for code development and adoption in the President’s National Initiative to Advance Building Codes, along with climate-related aspects of FEMA’s Future of Flood Risk Data, FEMA Risk Rating 2.1, and the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard. By John Ingargiola.

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