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Energy Code Compliance

buildings will become non-compliant.
A number of professionals have
recommended that the 500-year flood
zone and elevations become the basis
for resilient building codes instead of
the 100-year flood zone elevation as
a first step. This will buy us 20 or 30
years, if history holds, and if the rate
of unprecedented flooding continues
to increase. One stumbling block is
that FEMA does not publish 500-year
elevations.
Flood insurance standards should
give credit for partial resiliency, since
it will be impractical to raise most
multifamily buildings. Partial resiliency
should be encouraged since it will
significantly lower the risk of flood
damage.
There are areas where individual
building resiliency does not make
sense, and district, or block, resiliency
through a large-scale project is the
only reasonable option. See the 'Big
U' as a concept for protecting Lower
Manhattan, a public infrastructure
project that will be much less costly
than retrofitting each building.
www.rebuildbydesign.org/project/
big-team-final-proposal/.
In some areas strategic retreat will
make sense. This depends on which sea
level rise projections one uses. Areas
that are projected to be 15 feet below
the flood zone will flood on a daily basis
and will be uninhabitable unless we
invest a lot of money and great effort.

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In some areas, particularly those with older
buildings, demolition and rebuilding will
make more sense than shouldering the cost
of abandoning 20 percent of the units
to make a building resilient (20 percent
would mean abandoning the first floor
of a typical five-story tenement). While
such a strategy may make economic
sense, in many cases such buildings
are located in neighborhoods that have
character, and demolition would create
backlash from urban design, landmark
and community perspectives. One size
does not fit all.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, LEED AP, is a founding
partner of Curtis + Ginsberg Architects LLP,
whose practice covers commercial, institutional,
planning and residential projects. A native New
Yorker, Mark has developed resiliency strategies
as Chair of the Citizen's Housing and Planning
Council Post-Sandy Code Committee; and cochair of the Post-Sandy Housing Task Force
organized by the American Institute of Architects
MEMBER
New York Chapter.
ABOUT THE PEER REVIEWER
Steven Bluestone is one of the five managing
owners of The Bluestone Organization, a
third-generation family business that builds,
develops and manages buildings in the New
York City area. Steven's personal interest in the
environment dates back to the 1970s and can be
seen in the home he and his wife
designed and built 13 years ago, where they
LIFETIME MEMBER
still live today.

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From the Executive Director and Board Chair
New York City is Transforming Buildings for a Low Carbon Future
Does Electric Grid 2.0 Mean Energy Democracy?
Resiliency for Affordable Multifamily Housing: What We Have Learned and What We Still Need to Know
Break It or Lose It: Thermal Bridging in Rainscreen Systems
My PEI is Better Than Your PEI
Life Cycle Assessment at the Speed of Design
From Theory to Reality: Our Journey Toward Sustainability Building a Net Zero Home
Solar Policy in the Northeast: What’s New, What’s Next?
BuildingEnergy Green Pages
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