New York to introduce ‘resilience score’ for city-funded capital projects

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Cities Today

By Sarah Wray

New York City Council has passed a bill that will require city-funded buildings, retrofits and infrastructure projects to meet climate resiliency design guidelines and a minimum resiliency score.

The Int. 2092 bill aims to ensure that facilities such as schools, libraries, bridges and affordable housing developments are designed to withstand climate threats.

The legislation will codify the Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines first developed by the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency in 2017. They provide step-by-step instructions on the design of city facilities and factor in historic climate data and building codes as well as climate projections. The guidelines will also provide the basis for the creation of a new resiliency scoring metric.

A resiliency score for each project will need to be posted on a public-facing website. The score will apply to capital projects over US$10 million and take into account factors such as flooding risk, energy efficiency, energy resilience and on-site water capture and management.

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