In hazard-prone areas, hazard-induced maintenance costs can be significant over the lifetime of a building. In fact, the costs of hazard-related repairs can exceed the initial building cost. Our team has developed a building life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) approach that incorporates operational costs associated with energy consumption and repairs due to damage from hazards. Our case studies have demonstrated that investing in more hazard-resistant residential construction in certain locations is very cost-effective.
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- Planning More Resilient Cities (March 2017)
- A Break-Even Hazard Mitigation Metric (July 2016)
- Quantifying Hazard Life-Cycle Cost (August 2014)
- Hazard Mitigation Assessment Methodologies (August 2013)
- Quantitative Assesment of Resilience in Residential Building Envelope Systems (March 2013)
- Building to Better Weather the Storm (MIT News, June 2017)
- Build disaster-proof homes before storms strike, not afterward (The Conversation, August 2016)
Related Peer-Reviewed Publications
- Noshadravan, A.; Miller, T.R.; and Gregory, J. "A Lifecycle Cost Analysis of Residential Buildings Including Natural Hazard Risk" Journal of Construction and Engineering Management, 2007.