Resiliency, in the context of the built environment, is defined as the capacity of a building to adapt, respond, and endure unforeseeable changing conditions, disruptions, and challenges, like natural disasters. This term has quickly become one of the new drivers for sustainability as it shares the same overall goal of mitigating climate change.
A product of the synergy between resiliency and sustainability is resilient design, which is a multi-disciplinary design approach that revolves around increasing life-safety, adaptability and flexibility, responsiveness, and robustness. Resilient design employs an anticipatory approach focused on preparing for, coping with, and managing vulnerability and risk due to climate change. This design approach is not limited to buildings and can be applied to infrastructure design as well as community development.