The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Wednesday, 1 April

The Day After Tomorrow! There's A Brit Standard For It

BSI has developed a Standard to help preserve the health and wellbeing of cities in the face of disruptive events.

The British Standards Institution has published a new Standard to help preserve the health and wellbeing of cities in the face of rapid urban expansion, climate change or disruptive events such as pandemics.

BS 67000 City Resilience has been developed with the support of the World Bank, UNISDR, UN Habitat, OECD and representatives from UK cities.

This new British Standard provides practical guidance and tools highlighting how to organise, prioritise, plan and deliver increased city resilience through a process of continual improvement. The organisation involved believe it would allow our cities to enhance their ability to absorb and adapt in a changing environment. A statement reads: 'Such resilience will minimise the disruptive and deflating effect of shocks and stresses on city strategy and future direction'.

 

Framework

All parts of this standard, in some way, have been applied in cities somewhere in the world, and are captured within a framework that provides a path to future city resilience evolution. That framework supports:

  • Consistency in the language used within and between organisations.
  • A reliable process to steer users through activities and interactions.
  • An interoperable system so that resilient approaches can be developed incrementally, taking city scale and bespoke needs into account.
  • The ability to share best practice and approaches to common issues.
  • More agile planning, systems resilience and performance measures.
  • A set of guidance documents that fit together to make the picture progressively coherent.

Anne Hayes, Director of Sectors at BSI, said: “The potential cost and risk around not building resilience into our cities is concerning. As the impact following shocks, disasters or even social tension and disruption could devastate a city, its ability to recover will not be through luck and hope but by proper continuity preparation and its agility to respond. This standard supports those responsible to advise and guide readers through the various scenarios from preparation to aftermath, to tackle future challenges and exploit opportunities.”

 

Greater Manchester was one of the representative cities involved in the developing of the new standard.

Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire in Greater Manchester, Beverley Hughes, said: “Resilience has been a constant throughout Greater Manchester’s history. Looking to the future, it remains critical as we continue to face risks associated with climate change, including flooding and rising temperatures; the increasing inter-connectivity of our world, such as supply chain failures; and other unexpected changes, shocks, and disruptions."

BS 67000 City Resilience has been produced in consultation with over 200 senior city stakeholders from across the UK and drawing on best practice from across the globe. It is intended for use by all stakeholders  who contribute to city resilience.

To obtain your priced copy - Click Here

Picture: BSI has developed a Standard to help preserve the health and wellbeing of cities in the face of disruptive events.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

Share



Related Articles

IP Week Conference – Energy Industries And Climate Experts Collaborate

Environmental groups, climate change experts, and representatives from the energy industry came together to discuss the climate emergency in a three day event. At the...

 Read Full Article
Nilfisk Joins Science Based Targets Initiative

Nilfisk, the international cleaning equipment suppliers, has joined the Science Based Targets initiative and committed to reduce their carbon footprint by 35 per cent...

 Read Full Article
Mitie Commits To Plan Zero

Simon King, Mitie's new Director of Sustainability, is behind the company's “Plan Zero” commitment to reach zero carbon by 2025 –  which...

 Read Full Article
Flood Risk Checklist Essential For Business Planning

Do you know if your business is at risk from flooding? If it is, then you need to create a business flood plan - and perhaps start looking at products that can protect...

 Read Full Article
Global Warming Could Fuel Legionnaires’ Disease Cases

Britain is facing a huge increase in Legionnaires’ disease fuelled by climate change, two water hygiene experts have warned. Water hygiene engineer Joe Finn and...

 Read Full Article
Greenest Building In London Gets The Green Light

Citicape House, featuring Europe's largest living wall has been approved by the City of London.  Under the plans, the project will be developed into a new...

 Read Full Article
Power Rangers - Waste Firms Divert Landfill To Energy

Washroom services operator, the PHS Group has announced a new partnership with Viridor which will divert customer waste from landfill into power generation. As part of...

 Read Full Article
$37 Trillion Worth Of Investment Demands Climate Change

631 institutional investors, managing more than $37 trillion in assets, have urged governments to step up efforts to tackle the global climate crisis. At the United...

 Read Full Article
Hot, Hot, Hot - Bye, Bye To Hottest Decade

As we ring in the New Year, we will also be ringing out the warmest decade on record. And when viewed alongside 2016, the warmest year on record and dominated by a...

 Read Full Article
That's Handy - Support For Climate Change Conference

Lorenzo Quinn’s sculpture 'Support' has been chosen to warn of rising sea levels at COP25, the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Madrid, December...

 Read Full Article