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Durability and Resilience

Bespoke Material Durability assessment
BREEAM Mat 05 Durability and resilience
Durability and protection appraisal

Designing for durability and resilience

Designing for durability and reslience is based on the principle of proactive mitigation, as opposed to reactive maintenance. Operational wear and tear, malicious and accidental damages, and dilapidation due to high user numbers all add up a significant amount of operating expense that is spent on repairs and replacements across the lifecycle of a scheme. Degradation of a scheme’s layers can impact its performance; it can pose a health risk to the scheme’s occupants, increase operating costs, reduce the scheme’s aesthetic appeal, and reduce its functional performance.

Climate change is also expected to increase the freqeuency of extreme weather events (i.e. storms, floods, hurricanes) that can accelerate the degradation of building and infrastructure, which is expected to add to the operating costs of schemes. Exposure to extreme weather induces weathering in the scheme’s fabric and will require proactive planning to avoid unexpected and costly damage.

A scheme that has been designed for durability and resilience will feature inherently durable material against its degradation modes, reducing the need for replacement and repairs over the scheme’s lifecycle. Durability is accomplished through prioritisation of durable material in construction and refurbishment, as well as proactive identification of vulnerable elements that will require design-level protection and padding.

ADW Developments has expertise in conducting Durability and resilience studies for the built environment; our study addresses deterioration concerns arising from climate change through a systemic study of local climatic conditions and future trends, degradation concerns arising from operational wear and tear considerate of the scheme’s unique operational needs and environment, and optimal padding of vulnerable elements at the design level. Our study provides evidence-based recommendations that can be included in the scheme’s design.

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Our approach

Protecting vulnerable parts of the building from damage

The vulnerable elements of the interior and exterior structure are evaluated for their durability, including –

  • Corridors and lifts (high intensity areas)
  • Damage from operating vehicles (to walls, doors)
  • Damage from parking collisions to the building façade
  • Potential malicious damage (from unpredictable sources)

We will appraise the design and material specifications of the mentioned elements against the respective quality standards acknowledged by BREEAM.

Examples include installing door stoppers, kick plates, protection rails and other life-enhancing material.

Protecting exposed parts of the building from material degradation

The exposed (exterior) elements of the structure are evaluated for their resilience against material degradation. Schemes can demonstrate suitable considerations on various elements, including:

Building Elements:

  • Foundation/substructure/lowest floor/retaining walls
  • External walls
  • Roof/balconies
  • Glazing: windows, skylight
  • External doors
  • Railing/balusters
  • Cladding
  • Staircase/ramps
  • Hard landscaping

Environmental Factors:

  • Solar radiation
  • Temperature variation
  • Wind
  • Extreme weather
  • Vegetation
  • Pests, insects
  • Air/ Ground contaminants
  • Water Damage

Other Requirements

  • The building must feature convenient access to roof and façade to facilitate cost-efficient repair and replacement
  • The roof and façade must be designed to prevent water damage, ingress, and ponding (unless explicitly intended)

We will appraise the design and material specifications of the mentioned elements against the respective quality standards acknowledged by BREEAM.

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ADW Developments has substantial expertise, the recognised qualifications, and the necessary experience in undertaking Durability and resilience studies to meet the BREEAM requirements.