Community resilience design resources

The resilience of a building and of a community goes hand-in-hand. The health, habitability, and function of a building are largely dependent upon the community’s services, infrastructure, and residents.

Research, data, and community indicators can provide valuable information on environmental, public health, social, and sustainability factors affecting community resilience.

Here are resources and organizations to help you design and build a resilient community.


  • Community Design & Engagement for Resilience: Learn how stresses such as a lack of affordable housing and social isolation make communities more vulnerable to shocks, and how resilient design and community engagement can increase the social and economic resilience of a community.
  • B106 Pro Bono, On Your Terms video and FAQs on the updated B106 & B106-2020: Use this standard form of agreement between owner and architect for building design, construction contract administration, or other professional services provided on a pro bono basis.
  • Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) Resource Library: This library includes tools, reports, fact sheets, and case studies developed by SCI grantees, HUD, and its Capacity Building partners.
  • NIBS: A Roadmap to Resilience Incentivization: Provides an overview of public and private incentives to promote upgrading existing infrastructure and guide the high-performance design of new infrastructure.

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