This book highlights the vulnerability of healthcare buildings in the context of climate change-triggered extreme weather events (EWEs) and the case for mitigation. With a concise discussion on climate change and its consequences in the form of such events, a cost model and equations that register losses and help quantify them are then presented. The model can be used to estimate the significant potential loss that might occur during an EWE and help healthcare facilities prepare for them.
The book analyses cases of major EWEs in India over the last two decades and collates the data available into various categories. Through this research the authors have developed a framework which assists healthcare facilities with a detailed calculation of value losses, both tangible and intangible. The framework can be used to assess the impacts on healthcare buildings in terms of disruption of services so that appropriate decisions related to the resilience in healthcare planning can be taken into consideration. Thus, the book is useful for directing planning and design processes aimed at continuity of service and building resilience to perform in the face of natural disaster and extreme weather.
The purpose of this book is to prompt facilities planners and healthcare facilities to prepare to respond to EWEs through the planning and design process in a rational manner. Built infrastructure professionals such as architects and engineers, policy makers, and academics with an interest in disasters, risk and climate change will all find this book to be key reading.
1. Extreme Weather Events and Critical Infrastructure
2. Healthcare Infrastructure and Extreme Weather Events
3. Impact of Extreme Weather Events on Critical Infrastructure
4. Public Health Systems and the Impact of Extreme Weather Events
5. Case for Resilience in Healthcare Facilities
6. Theory of Resilience and Risk in Healthcare Facilities
7. Economies of Resilience
8. Cost Model for Calculation of Tangible and INtagible Value Losses
9. Conclusion and Way Forward