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Bosher, L, Dainty, A, Carrillo, P, Glass, J and Price, A (2007) Integrating disaster risk management into construction: a UK perspective. Building Research & Information, 35(02), 163–77.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: Construction sector; disaster mitigation; disaster planning; disaster risk management; floods; natural hazards; resilience; UK
- ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
- URL: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0961-3218&volume=35&issue=2&spage=163
Although most disasters are not entirely unexpected and therefore can, to varying degrees, be mitigated for, the UK construction sector does not play a sufficiently integrated role in disaster risk management. Research is reported on the development of a knowledge database and decision support framework to enable more effective disaster risk-management strategies from a construction perspective. A survey of UK professionals involved with disaster risk-management activities (i.e. emergency planning, constructing, urban planning, insurance) indicates that knowledge and awareness of integrated approaches is poor, and the construction sector as a key stakeholder and potential resource is not being used sufficiently. Key recommendations to improve the construction sector in the process are as follows: construction-related stakeholders need to become more involved in groups such as Local Resilience Teams and Forums; risk and hazard awareness training needs to be integrated systematically into the professional training of architects, planners, engineers, developers, etc.; and the construction sector should embrace and pre-empt regulatory changes regarding resilient construction requirements.