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BUILDING RESILIENCY TASK FORCE SUMMARY REPORT

In the 20 years leading up to Superstorm Sandy, New York City experienced nine coastal storms and six heat waves. And we are no strangers to blackouts, with widespread power failures in 1965, 1977, 2003, and 2012. These events have caused hundreds of deaths and billions of dollars of damage to buildings, infrastructure, and the city economy. We know that in the near future, heat waves will last longer and bring higher temperatures more often, heavy rains and storm surges will cause flooding more frequently, and there will continue to be power failures affecting large swaths of the city. New York needs resilient buildings that resist damage, protect occupants, and allow residents who must evacuate to quickly return to their homes. [more...]

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INTRODUCTION

ABOUT THE TASK FORCE

PROPOSAL HIGHLIGHTS

CHAPTER 1: STRONGER BUILDINGS

  1. Prevent Storm Damage to Homes
  2. Launch a Design Competition for Raised Homes
  3. Relocate & Protect Building Systems
  4. Remove Barriers to Elevating Buildings & Building Systems
  5. Remove Barriers to Sidewalk Flood Protection
  6. Add Backup Fire Safety Communication
  7. Safeguard Toxic Materials Stored in Flood Zones
  8. Prevent Sewage Backflow
  9. Plant Wind & Flood Resistant Trees
  10. Clarify Construction Requirements in Flood Zones
  11. Prevent Wind Damage to Existing Buildings
  12. Analyze Wind Risks
  13. Capture Stormwater to Prevent Flooding
  14. Use Cool Surfaces to Reduce Summer Heat

CHAPTER 2: BACKUP POWER

  1. Choose Reliable Backup Power & Prioritize Needs
  2. Use Cogeneration & Solar During Blackouts
  3. Remove Barriers to Backup & Natural Gas Generators
  4. Remove Barriers to Cogeneration
  5. Remove Barriers to Solar Energy
  6. Add Hookups for Temporary Generators & Boilers
  7. Keep Residential Stairwells & Hallways Lit During Blackouts
  8. Keep Gas Stations Open During Blackouts

CHAPTER 3: ESSENTIAL SAFETY

  1. Supply Drinking Water Without Power
  2. Ensure Toilets & Sinks Work Without Power
  3. Enhance Building Water Reserves
  4. Ensure Operable Windows in Residential Buildings
  5. Maintain Habitable Temperatures Without Power

CHAPTER 4: BETTER PLANNING

  1. Create Emergency Plans
  2. Adopt an Existing Building Code
  3. Don’t Discourage Buildings from Operating During Emergencies
  4. Support Good Samaritan Legislation
  5. Preapprove Emergency Inspectors
  6. Prenegotiate Emergency Recovery Agreements

 

 

 

 

 


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