Incorporation of Disaster Risk Reduction Mechanisms for Flood Hazards into the Greensl® Rating System for Built Environment in Sri Lanka

A. A.S.E. Abeysinghe, C. S. Bandara, C. S.A. Siriwardana, R. Haigh, Dilanthi Amaratunga, P. B.R. Dissanayake

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Global human population continues to boom which consequently necessitates the provision for more buildings. Predominantly in developing countries, these buildings, built to accommodate the influx of more people comply with local and national building laws and regulations which have been outdated and do not resist to natural hazards and rapidly changing natural global trends such as climate change and global warming, etc. Disaster risk in Sri Lanka is increasing mainly due to unplanned urbanization, outdated and poor quality buildings and infrastructure, and the impacts of climate change. This has exposed the community and their economic assets vulnerable to natural hazards such as floods, cyclones, landslides, droughts, coastal erosion and tsunami. Out of those, floods are considered to be the most frequent as well as which destroyed and damaged the highest number of buildings during the period of 1965–2019. As more anthropogenic natural hazards like floods pile up, it is essential that developments, specially buildings which are community shelters, to be disaster resilient and be designed to withstand strains and pressure which will be imposed by future trends. Therefore, sustainable hazard mitigation measures are required to develop a safe, economically feasible, environment-friendly and socially approved growth in Sri Lanka. Although Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL) has promoted sustainability and resilience, specifically through reducing resource usage and energy consumption, it has not properly recognized the need of incorporating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) mechanisms to withstand against the natural hazards in their GREENSL® Rating System for Built Environment. This research paper is focused on identification of structural and non-structural DRR mechanisms for flood hazards which can be incorporated into the GREENSL® Rating System for Built Environment through refinements to the sub-categories under main 8 categories.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICSECM 2019 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management
EditorsRanjith Dissanayake, Priyan Mendis, Kolita Weerasekera, Sudhira De Silva, Shiromal Fernando
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789811572227
ISBN (Print)9789811572210
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2020
Event10th International conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management: Special Session on Disaster Risk Reduction - Earl's Regency Hotel, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Duration: 12 Dec 201914 Dec 2019
Conference number: 10 (Conference Website)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


Conference10th International conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management
Abbreviated titleICSECM2019
Country/TerritorySri Lanka
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