Design and construction industries are vulnerable to natural disasters and manmade hazards that can result in everything from reducing the lifespan of infrastructure to loss of life and property. Professionals in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) can mitigate these vulnerabilities by having a fuller understanding of resilience as well as the building materials and construction and operational techniques that lead to stronger, more durable buildings.

This course will examine resilience in the built environment and provide several strategies to achieve resilience at the building scale for stakeholders. It will then assess continuous insulation, particularly mineral wool, as it relates to resilient design before reviewing ASTM resilience testing standards. Finally, this course will help learners evaluate resilience in current code and beyond as well as how to enhance structural systems through the use of mineral wool insulation.

Learning Objectives

  • Define resilience and how it relates to the built environment, specifically through the use of mineral wool insulation.
  • Assess other areas of building resilience and describe how proactive design relates to sustainability.
  • Understand how fire-resistance, in terms of mineral wool, is tested to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards and discussed in the International Building Code (IBC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 5000.
  • Analyze options to go beyond code when specifying mineral wool products.

Pre-Requisite: Basic knowledge of mineral wool insulation.