Retrofitting New York City's Multi-Family Housing for Resilience

Multi-family housing took the brunt of Hurricane Sandy. Compounding the many challenges to storm-proofing the city's housing supply: 90 percent of the housing in flood-prone areas was built before 1983, when flood-resistance standards were adopted.

"A new report from New York University’s Furman Center underscores the challenges of retrofitting New York City’s multifamily housing stock…against the threat of rising sea levels and extreme weather events," reports Peter Slavin

"The report—The Price of Resilience: Can Multifamily Housing Afford to Adapt?—describes design solutions and offers policy recommendations for municipal officials and for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) aimed at removing barriers to achieving long-term resilience in the city’s limited stock of affordable housing, most of which is multifamily. It was conducted in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners and the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects."

Full Story: The Cost of Retrofitting Multifamily for Resilience


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