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360° Resilience : A Guide to Prepare the Caribbean for a New Generation of Shocks - The Building Regulation for Resilience Program Resilient Building Regulation in the Caribbean (Inglês)

The Caribbean region’s exposure to natural disaster and climate events combined with population growth and urban development concentrated in highly risk prone low elevation coastal zones, leaves homes, people, and significant infrastructure assets highly vulnerable to disaster and climate impacts. The economic and human toll of disasters for the Caribbean is substantial. For some countries the damage exceeds the size of the economy, leaving huge reconstruction needs that can take years to be fully met. Effective building regulations ensure that builders and governments apply safe standards for the siting and construction of buildings so that they can withstand these events, protecting assets, their inhabitants, and ultimately economic development. Recent disaster events in the Caribbean serve as a reminder of the urgent need to strengthen building regulation in the Caribbean as a means to reduce the vulnerability of the housing and building stock while increasing human and economic resilience. This note will broadly describe the current status of building regulation in the Caribbean, highlighting the biggest challenges to the implementation and enforcement of building codes, as well as presenting some solutions to overcome them.

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