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Integrating Resilience into Condo Building Repair Projects

Mina Tesseris
Publication date:
November 25, 2022
Article Summary: 

The article discusses the concept of resilience in buildings, defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, and its relevance in the context of climate change and extreme weather events. It highlights the need for adopting a culture of resilience in building design and maintenance to withstand the effects of climate change and minimize potential losses. The article mentions research and standards developed by organizations like the National Research Council to support resilient building practices. Although the Ontario Building Code does not currently require retrofitting existing buildings for climate change effects, the article encourages condominium corporations to voluntarily consider retrofits during repair and upgrade projects. Some potential retrofit opportunities, such as upgrading roof shingles, windows, and stormwater drainage, are provided, emphasizing their potential benefits and cost-effectiveness. The article concludes by urging condominium directors to work with reserve fund planners and engineering consultants to identify and analyze retrofit opportunities for improved building resiliency.


Resilience, climate change, extreme weather events, building repair projects, retrofitting, building standards, Ontario Building Code, condominium corporations, potential retrofit opportunities, wind uplift, window replacement, stormwater drainage, loss reduction incentives.

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Mina Tesseris
Integrating Resilience into Condo Building Repair Projects
November 25, 2022
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