New York City Building Resiliency Task Force issues recommendations to maximize preparedness for future weather emergencies

A guest post from New York City’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability.

Since 2000, C40 City New York City has had over 41 extreme weather events most recently Superstorm Sandy in 2012. In light of these events, C40 Chair, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn convened the Building Resiliency Task Force, a panel of over 200 dedicated experts tasked with making recommendations to improve building resiliency and maximize preparedness for future weather emergencies. Conducted in conjunction with PlaNYC 2030 goals, their findings include 33 recommendations that address a wide range of buildings — including commercial buildings, multifamily residences, homes, and hospitals — and offer options to help existing buildings become more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The Task Force also proposed strengthening the Building Code and Zoning Resolution to ensure future construction meets the highest level of resilience.

“The Building Resiliency Task Force Report represents the best analytical thinking among world-class professionals, working in unison with real estate, government, and labor interests,” said John H. Lee, Deputy Director for Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency in the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.

“Together, we will continue to make New York the strongest and most reliable city to do business, raise our families, and share in culture, arts, and entertainment. Our buildings define our city, and the strength of our resolve is reflected in the strength and magnitude of our buildings. Through the work of the Task Force, we can assure that New Yorkers will build smarter and will occupy safer, sustainable structures that are more resilient in the face of climate change.”

To view the report, click here.