Improving the Resilience and Sustainability of Wood Buildings

Welcome to the Resilient and Sustainable Wood Buildings Group! Our research focuses on measuring and improving the resilience and sustainability of wood buildings. For resilience, we are investigating single-hazard assessments, multi-hazard assessments, and cascading hazard assessments, including seismic, hurricane, wind, tornado, and floods. We look at the full timeline of resilience: planning, mitigation, response, and recovery, and develop interdependency models across infrastructure systems, including nodes for social vulnerability. For sustainability, we are investigating environmental protection, economic prosperity and social equity through life cycle assessments, the impact of chronic and acute hazards, and estimates of embodied carbon. We investigate solutions and make recommendations for policies that support the environment, the economy and society. All research is highly interdisciplinary with collaborations across structural engineering, construction management, transportation engineering, computer science, urban planning, architecture, sociology, public administration, public policy, and public health.

Our News

October 10, 2017:  Big CONGRATULATIONS to Jae Kim for his acceptance to present at the AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans this December, and for the student travel award!

September 28, 2017:  Dr. Sutley traveled to Florida International University to participate in a one-on-one NHERI workshop to learn about the Wall of Wind facility.

September 11, 2017:  Dr. Sutley was interviewed for a NHERI podcast on DesignSafe Radio! She shared her story of how she got into structural engineering, discussed upcoming research projects, and shared her story of surviving a tornado disaster and how it has fueled her research passion. Check out the podcast: NHERI DesignSafe Radio.

August 11, 2017:  Dr. Sutley's research group will have great representation at the 2018 Structures Congress in Fort Worth! Dr. Sutley will serve on a panel "Community Resilience through Mandatory Retrofit Ordinances", will moderate and present her research in the session "Integrated Engineering and Social Science Approaches to Disaster Resilient Structures", and will give an elevator talk on Eric Fedder's research in an IES session titled "Recent Advancements in Community Resilience Assessment."

July 24-28, 2017:  Dr. Sutley has the great privelege to participate in the first NHERI Summer Institute at the University of Texas San Antonio. The Summer Institute is one of the many efforts the NHERI network has put together for education and outreach, with this event specifically catered to early career professionals.

July 8, 2017:  Dr. Sutley participated on a panel at the Natural Hazards Workshop, titled "Keeping Count: Deaths, Damages, and Dollars Lost from Disasters." Read more information here: Natural Hazards Workshop.

June 21-22, 2017:  Dr. Sutley and Lauren Badeaux attended an invited jointly hosted HUD and FEMA workshop on Post-Disaster Housing Recovery.

April 24, 2017:  Big CONGRATULATIONS to Lauren Badeaux on her abstract on temporary housing being accepted to the 4th Residential Building Design and Construction Conference being held next year!

April 14, 2017:  Dr. Sutley gave an invited seminar presentation on Modeling Housing Recovery to graduate students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

April 11, 2017:  Big CONGRATULATIONS to Karen Vazquez on her acceptance for a poster presentation at the KU Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 22!

April 11, 2017:  Dr. Sutley was invited to participate on a panel at the Natural Hazards Workshop this summer. The panel title is "Keeping Count: Deaths, Damages, and Dollars Lost from Disasters" with other panelists from NOAA, NASA, AMS, Univ. of South Carolina, and Univ. of Cantebury.

April 10, 2017:  Dr. Sutley gave a two-hour professional development lecture at Burns & McDonnell on how to design or retrofit your home for protection from natural hazards.

April 8, 2017:  Dr. Sutley moderated an esteemed panel at the Structures Congress on "How to include Sociological Impacts in Engineering Practice".

March 30-31, 2017:  Dr. Sutley traveled to the NSF in Washington DC to participate in a two-day workshop on developing interdisicplinary hazards and disaster research methods. The workshop was awarded to Lori Peek and Seth Guikema. A series of Perspectives papers in Risk Analysis are anticipated to come out in the fall, followed by an edited volume - a manual on how to do interdisiplinary hazards and disasters research.

March 16, 2017:  The Journal of Structural Engineering has accepted "Multi-Hazard Analysis: An Integrated Engineering and Social Science Approach" by Sutley, van de Lindt, and Peek.

March 15, 2017:  Dr. Sutley was elected to be the chair of the SEI Technical Activities Division Subcommittee on the Design of Wood Structures starting in September 2017, serving a three-year term.

March 10, 2017:  Dr. Sutley was elected to be the secretary and ECO representative for the NHERI User Forum Committee, serving a two year term.

February 13, 2017:  Dr. Sutley was elected to be the wood structures representative on the NHERI User Forum Committee.

February 12, 2017:  Dr. Sutley was selected to partcipate in the two-part NSF-funded workshop on Interdisciplinary Research Methods. The first part meets March 30-31 in DC.

January 20, 2017:  Dr. Sutley was approved to teach a new course, CE 895 Sustainable and Resilient Structures, in the Fall 2017 semester! Look for more information on the Education page this summer.

November 27 - December 2, 2016:  Dr. Sutley joinined an interdiscplinary team formed from institutions across the country to conduct a field investigation in Lumberton, Nort Carolina which experienced floods following Hurricane Matthew. NIST Field Study Report to follow (expect summer 2017).

October 10, 2016:  A big WELCOME to Fiona who joins our research group as an undergraduate researcher for the Fall 2016 semester!

September 22, 2016:  Natural Hazards Review has accepted "Community-Level Framework for Seismic Resilience" Part I and II for publication by Sutley, van de Lindt, and Peek.

September 21, 2016:  Dr. Sutley presented "A Community Model for Residential Sector Recovery: An Integrated Engineering and Social Science Perspective" at the 1st International Workshop on Resilience in Torino, Italy.

September 12, 2016:  A big WELCOME to Karen who joins our research group as an Emerging Scholar undergraduate researcher!

September 9, 2016:  Dr. Sutley presented on post-disaster housing recovery at Colorado School of Mines for an invited seminar.

August 15, 2016:  Dr. Sutley will be moderating a panel session at this year's Structures Congress in Denver, CO on "Including Sociological Impacts in Engineering Practice."

August 15, 2016:  Big WELCOME to Jae, Lauren and Eric to the Resilient and Sustainable Wood Buildings Group! Check out their research topics on the "PEOPLE" page.

July 25, 2016:  Dr. Sutley attended the ASCE ExCEEd Teaching workshop at West Point Military Academy.