Managing Sustainability through Risk Characterization in the Built Environment

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The built environment represents a real challenge when facing sustainability, not only because of its contribution to the problem, but also because of its complexity. A fragmented process, in which different stakeholders come into play, creates an open gate for responsibility dilution. Effectively managing the problem means using transversal flexible tools that are able to quantify harms, benefits, and costs. Risk science has traditionally been used to quantify uncertain expected losses in several modern activities, including insurance, armies, politics, and nuclear facilities management to find levels of acceptance and ways for compensation. This arises as an interesting overall frame to manage a problem that includes such common ingredients.