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Covering new construction against extreme weather risks Investing in mitigation efforts is necessary if society is to continue to operate with the continuity and resiliency that is expected from new construction. (Photo: Smileus/stock.adobe.com)

Editor’s note: Ben Harper, head of corporate sustainability, Zurich North America, recently testified at “Building Smarter: The Benefits of Investing in Resilience and Mitigation,” a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management. Harper’s testimony focused on the importance of physical resilience from natural hazards and addressed the interconnected nature of risk. Here is a distillation of his remarks.

Climate change is, perhaps, the most complex risk facing society today. It is intergenerational, it is international, and it is interdependent.

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