Feature Article

Passive Survivability: A New Design Criterion for Buildings

May 3, 2006

In December 2005 an editorial in

EBN introduced the concept of “passive survivability,” or a building’s ability to maintain critical life-support conditions if services such as power, heating fuel, or water are lost, and suggested that it should become a standard design criterion for houses, apartment buildings, schools, and certain other building types (EBN Vol. 14, No. 12). Since then, the term has begun creeping into the lexicon of green building, though we have a long way to go before the mainstream building industry takes notice.