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In March 2021, the New York City council passed a law requiring all public buildings and infrastructure projects to meet minimum resilience guidelines, as well as a minimum resilience score. The law, Intro-2092, essentially codifies the city’s 2017 Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines for all publicly funded buildings, including libraries, schools, and government buildings, and creates the resilience metrics to give the score, which is required for all projects over $10 million. The score, which incorporates factors like flood risk, energy efficiency, and energy resilience, will then be posted on a public website. The first-of-its-kind legislation means that city buildings are designed to “withstand climate threats of the future,” according to the press release by Rise To Resilience campaign.
The city is running 35 pilot projects through 2026 to test the design guidelines and scoring system.
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