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A computational framework for selecting the optimal combination of seismic retrofit and insurance coverage

Gentile, R; Pampanin, S; Galasso, C; (2022) A computational framework for selecting the optimal combination of seismic retrofit and insurance coverage. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering , 37 (8) pp. 956-975. 10.1111/mice.12778. Green open access

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Abstract

Economic earthquake losses can be mitigated through either building retrofit strategies and/or, to some extent, risk-transfer to the (re)insurance market. This paper proposes a computational framework to select the optimal combination of seismic retrofit and insurance policy parameters for buildings. First, a designer selects a suitable retrofit strategy. This is implemented incrementally to define interventions with increasing retrofit performance levels. The cost of each intervention is calculated, along with the cost of property rental while the retrofit is implemented. Alternative insurance options are considered. For each retrofit-insurance combination, the insured and uninsured economic losses within a given time horizon are estimated. The optimal retrofit and insurance combination minimizes the tail value at risk of the life cycle cost. The selected confidence level for this metric depends on the homeowner's risk aversion. The proposed framework is illustrated for a case-study archetype Italian reinforced concrete frame building retrofitted with concrete jacketing, also considering the Italian retrofit tax incentives/rebates called “Sismabonus.”

Type: Article
Title: A computational framework for selecting the optimal combination of seismic retrofit and insurance coverage
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/mice.12778
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/mice.12778
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10138143
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