Resilience, a structure’s ability to withstand and recover from disaster, is a critical issue in today’s world. Building residents, building owners, lenders, and institutional investors alike are vulnerable to the negative impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires.

Attend one or all of our webinars and learn about the latest developments in construction resilience—right from the experts who develop the standards.

Flood Mitigation and the Role of Standards

August 11, 2021

ASTM International is teaming up with the Flood Mitigation Industry Association (FMIA) on this webinar to explore flood mitigation efforts in light of climate change, deliver an overview of flood mitigation products and testing, and  provide a manufacturer’s perspective of these products.   

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to describe why flood mitigation efforts are necessary and identify various flood mitigation products and the applicable product testing.  Participants will be able to advocate for the needed changes to create flood resilient communities.


  • Introduction & Background – Jim Olshefsky, ASTM

  • Defining the Problem – Roderick Scott, Board Chair, Flood Mitigation Industry Association 

  • ANSI/FM Approvals 2510-2020 Standard for Flood Mitigation Equipment – Charles Mahall, Senior Engineer - Fire & Flood Products, FM Approvals 

  • Permanently Passive Technology: Flood Glazing - Tom Little, Executive VP, Smart Vent Products Inc. &

  • Q&A


Roderick Scott, Board Chair, Flood Mitigation Industry Association

Charles Mahall, Senior Engineer - Fire & Flood Products, FM Approvals 

Tom Little, Executive VP, Smart Vent Products Inc. &

Climate Resiliency Planning and Strategy (E3032)

May 26, 2021


  • Participants will be able to list possible climate related impacts based upon regional location
  • Identify a series of decisions to describe the most serious anticipated impacts for their planning projects
  • Identify, select, and explain high priority climate resiliency projects in basic time horizons so that funding may be planned for future expenditures, based on the most important climate threats
  • New standards include terminology, geographical location of communities at risk from climate outcomes, and energy reliability. 


Helen Waldorf
Vice Chair of ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action and Interim Chair of E50.07. 
Paul Sonnenfeld
Active member of ASTM Committees E34 on Occupational Health and Safety; E50 on Environmental Risk Management; E54 on Homeland Security Applications; and E64 on Stormwater Management.

Federal Highway Administration Resiliency Efforts

October 21, 2020


Introduction to FHWA and an Overview of the Pavement and Materials Program

FHWA's Approaches to Transportation Resilience

Progress Toward More Resilient Pavements

Providing for Bridges & Structures Resiliency

Transforming Transportation Through Innovation


LaToya Johnson, Team leader for the Pavement Design and Performance Team

Amir Golalipour, Ph.D., P.E., Highway Research Engineer, Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center

Rob Kafalenos, Environmental Protection Specialist, FHWA ( Sustainable Transportation and Resilience Team)

Sheila Rimal Duwadi, P.E., Senior Research Engineer, Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center

Jeff Zaharewicz, Acting Director, FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation


Sample Selection, Construction, and Testing of Wind Resistant Roofing Products

August 6, 2020

  • Wind Uplift testing of steep slope roofing materials

  • How to identify and select products for testing

  • How to determine the performance of various steep slope roofing materials

  • Economic implications of decisions


David Alves, FM Approvals, Norwood, MA

Reducing the Vulnerability of Buildings to Wildfire

June 2, 2020

  • The three basic exposure that buildings threatened by wildfire must resist

  • The meaning of a "coupled approach" as related to building survival during wildires

  • The available basic building code options and relevant standard test methods available in the United States 


Dr. Stephen Quarles, University of California Cooperative Extension Advisor Emeritus

Infrastructure Management (ASTM Standard Practice E3210)

May 20, 2020

  • Infrastructure management and types

  • Consider all stakeholders, their roles, and institutional change

  • Risks to human health and welfare

  • Forensic analysis, correction, and ongoing improvements

  • Performance and efficiency


Marty Rowland, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

Windborne Debris Standards in Hurricanes for Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, Doors, and Impact Protective Systems (ASTM Standards E1886 and E1996)

May 6, 2020

  • Building regulatory systems

  • Performance analysis of buildings, both new and existing

  • Economic and financial implications of decisions related to building performance on a life-cycle basis

  • Impact by missiles representing windborne debris

  • Pressure cycling representing hurricane winds


David Hattis, Building Technology, Inc., Washington, D.C.

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