Maintenance and Retrofit Options for Key Building Systems
August 9, 2021
Critical public buildings such as the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), police and fire stations, and hospitals play a vital role in public safety during and immediately after a storm. Their ability to perform is based on a large part of every system in the envelope that protects the building being resilient and properly maintained. The loss of one part of the envelope or other key system means the loss of that building’s purpose. Maintenance issues should be identified as early as possible and organized based on cost and importance. The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide options to reduce disaster damage, minimize repair costs, and reduce service losses for key building systems in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This fact sheet describes lower-cost maintenance recommendations and higher-cost wind retrofits to improve building performance in future disasters.