NYC Enacts 5 Building Resiliency Laws Recommended By Urban Green Council
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 05:54 PM EDT
First Wave of Legislation from the Building Resiliency Task Force Led by Urban Green
This afternoon, the New York City Council will enact laws implementing five recommendations of the Building Resiliency Task Force, led by Urban Green Council following Superstorm Sandy.
This first package of laws will make NYC better prepared for future hurricanes and extreme weather by:
• Requiring new automatic faucets and toilets to have at least two weeks of battery backup so buildings can remain habitable during power failures (Task Force Proposal # 8; Intro. 1086)
• Requiring new buildings in flood zones to be equipped with valves that prevent sewage from backing up into the building (Proposal # 24; Intro. 1098)
• Creating a manual on construction requirements in flood zones (Proposal # 10; Int. 1095)
• Studying the effects of hurricane winds on existing buildings, and forecasting future storms (Proposal # 12; Intro. 1090)
• Piloting programs on road and sidewalk materials that absorb water, making them the first line of defense against flooding (Proposal # 13; Int. 1088)
Together, these laws will implement 20% of the legislative recommendations of the Task Force. More are expected this fall.
“In one swoop, the City Council has made New York City safer from hurricanes and flooding,” said Russell Unger, Executive Director of Urban Green Council and Chair of the NYC Building Resiliency Task Force. “As our building stock is renovated in the years to come, we’ll become better and better prepared.”
About Urban Green Council
Urban Green Council’s mission is to advance sustainability in urban buildings through education, advocacy and research.
A non-profit organization established in 2002, Urban Green’s in-house experts and a dedicated network of volunteers are helping to transform the buildings in New York City with models that are being replicated in urban centers nationwide.
Urban Green is acknowledged as the premier forum for the development of environmentally sound building practices in the greater New York area. Our input is sought on major policy issues and regulatory initiatives in New York City and New York State. Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Quinn have twice honored Urban Green with responsibility for convening and managing blue ribbon commissions: the Green Codes Task Force (2008-2010) and Building Resiliency Task Force (2012-present). Of 25 resiliency code-related recommendations, 19 are already under consideration as bills before the New York City Council.