The City of Isfahan has adopted a unique approach to "sick" buildings (buildings that are unsafe or energy-inefficient). Trained "doctors", usually graduates in urban studies who have uncertain career prospects, visit the buildings and provide a “diagnoses” of the building’s condition and sustainability. The municipality then provides financial aid to "cure" the building, which receive a health certificate when recovered.
A short-term outcome is the creation of a systematic framework to improve buildings standards. In the long run, the city’s condition in case of crisis and emergency event will improve significantly as well as the quality of life of its inhabitants in a regional scale.
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