Effect of Extreme Weather on our Buildings and Associated Measures
May 26, 2022
May 26, 2022
Environmental loads, such as wind, have a critical impact on the structural design and assessment of buildings and infrastructures. Climate change and extreme climatic events are threats to the reliability and safety of the built environment. “This has led to a growing demand to investigate the resilience of our structures under extreme climate conditions,” says Dr. Kamyab Zandi M.Sc., Ph.D., Docent, Senior Associate, Civil/Structural & Building Science. Over the last decade, many structures have been damaged and failed due to extreme weather conditions, such as British Columbia’s flood of floods in November 2021, and the intense windstorm Southern Ontario and Quebec experienced on May 21, 2022.
The wind speed that recently swept across Southern Ontario and Quebec reportedly reached more than 130 kilometres an hour. Even though structures are designed to resist such impacts, regular inspection and maintenance of structural components minimizes the risk of exacerbating existing issues. Rakan Jaber, M.Eng., Associate, Civil/Structural & Building Science, outlines some of the measures that can be taken to mitigate the risk of such extreme weather events:
When a major CAT loss does occur, our team understands that a timely response is critical. The 30 Forensic Engineering Civil/Structural team is comprised of highly-skilled and diverse experts with extensive technical expertise and hands-on experience in the commercial, residential and industrial sectors. Our multidisciplinary team is able to immediately support remediation efforts through the assessment of structural integrity, structural analysis, building science, code and standards assessments, and professional consultation.
Rakan Jaber, M.Eng.
Associate, Civil/Structural & Building Science