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Building Capacity for Safe, Disaster-Resilient Housing with Professors Amy Javernick-Will and Abbie Liel
Safe, disaster-resilient housing is critical to our way of life, prosperity, and sense of security. Yet, many houses remain vulnerable to damage from earthquakes, hurricanes, and other hazards, affecting communities in the near and long term.

In this webinar, Professors Amy Javernick-Will and Abbie Liel will describe findings from research that their team conducted to enhance housing safety in the multi-hazard context of Puerto Rico. Considering that a large portion of housing stock is built informally, where building codes and regulations may not be followed, they argue that how builders and residents perceive housing safety influences how housing is designed, built, and maintained. Focusing on one misalignment, the installation of hurricane straps, they will discuss their initial efforts to build capacity in the region by partnering with a community-based organization.

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A note from the presenters: We thank Ph.D. students Briar Goldwyn (Puerto Rico lead GRA) and Casie Venable (Philippines lead GRA) for conducting this research. In addition, we would like to thank research assistants Cole Velasquez, Meredith Lochhead, and Polly Murray for their contributions to the work, in addition to research assistants Melanie Rodríguez Vázquez, Luis Manuel Rivera Ayala, Gabriel José Rivera Cotto, Nicolle Teresa Ramos, and all of those who readily consented to be surveyed and interviewed throughout this research project. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation, award number 1901808. The opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this study are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the NSF.

Sep 20, 2022 12:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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