Resilient residential retrofit: The value in modernizing homes and vehicles for climate change mitigation and adaptation

David Bristow

University of Victoria/

Dr. David N. Bristow is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria where he runs the Cities and Infrastructure Systems Lab. He teaches on infrastructure resilience, smart cities and sustainability in civil engineering. His research concerns systems planning and decision making through advancement and integration of theory, methodology and practice in systems engineering and risk management via ecological, network, control system, optimization and thermodynamic approaches to modeling and simulation. David’s application areas of expertise include infrastructure systems of systems; buildings; critical infrastructure; and whole cities with emphasis on sustainability, risk and resilience. David’s work includes the creation of the Resilience Assessment Platform, a systems based software solution for through-event resilience assessment of complex systems. David holds Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has numerous journal and international conference publications to his name on topics ranging from risk and resilience to sustainability and decision making. He has been a member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology since 2009 and is a member of the Sustainable Urban Systems and Socio-economic Metabolism sections.


It is increasingly understood that there is no quick fix to the challenge of anthropogenic climate change. A reduction of carbon emissions in concert with adaptation to the changing risks requires integrated and context... [ view full abstract ]


  1. David Bristow (University of Victoria/)
  2. Michele Bristow (University of Waterloo/)

Topic Areas

• Network theory for industrial ecology , • Infrastructure systems, the built environment, and smart and connected infrastructure , • Resilience and planning


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