Mitigation and resiliency have always been closely tethered in the fight against climate change. Reducing carbon pollution is essential, but resiliency (or adaptation) also plays an important role: how quickly can we cope with climate change, and be better prepared for its effects?
A major factor in building resiliency is envelope integrity. Our reports High Cholesterol Buildings and Holes in Our Walls make the case for better insulation, airsealing, and other strategies for improving the envelope.
Superstorm Sandy had one minor advantage: it struck during comparatively temperate weather. What if New York had an extended power outage in the dead of winter or the heat of summer? That’s the question we examine in Baby It’s Cold Inside, and it turns out that the majority of the city’s buildings are not very resilient in extreme temperatures, posing a real threat to NYC inhabitants.
Urban Green Council quickly took on a pivotal role, leading the Building Resiliency Task Force at the city’s request and making 33 actionable recommendations in our June 2013 Report.
Through our advocacy, 16 recommendations have been passed, with more in the pipeline; see the status of the recommendations on our Resiliency Proposal Tracker.