Building Resiliency Task Force


The Building Resiliency Task Force Report provides 33 actionable proposals for making New York buildings and residents better prepared for the next extreme weather event.

Convened in 2013 at the request of the City of New York following Superstorm Sandy, 200-plus task force members led by Urban Green were charged with making recommendations to improve building resiliency and maximize preparedness for future weather emergencies. 

The level of preparation for commercial buildings, both large and small, is fundamentally a business decision for their owners. Task Force recommendations are intended to minimize interruptions to building functionality while allowing the market to dictate the need to implement resiliency measures. Still, the city has an overall interest in maintaining a viable economy by reducing large-scale business disruption.


required upgrade  new code  remove barrier  recommended  further action

Multifamily residences, dorms, hotels, and adult care facilities must provide for essential needs such as safety, drinking water, habitable temperatures, and functioning stairs and elevators. The Task Force intent was to add few financial burdens, and only in the most critical areas, given the limited financial resources available for upgrades. This list of proposals also applies to Critical Buildings (hospitals and nursing homes), excluding #'s 15, 16, 21, 23 and 28.


required upgrade  new code  remove barrier  recommended  further action

One- to three-family homes must have protection against storm damage and adequate emergency planning, as water can be supplied without pumps and vertical transportation is not an issue. Since many homeowners have limited financial resources for upgrades, the Task Force avoided adding significant financial burdens.


required upgrade  new code  remove barrier  recommended  further action

Download the Technical Report here, or view it online here.