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A&E exposures heat up with climate change

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With the effects of Earth’s climate change, design and construction professionals can no longer rely solely on historic weather data to determine the design standards they must meet. Today, architects and engineers are under pressure to incorporate forward-looking climate data, pass new government regulations, and meet owners’ expectations in order to build infrastructure, facilities and landscapes that are resilient against ever-intensifying climate challenges like flooding, precipitation and other weather events.

In 2018, New York City acknowledged the challenges the city faces from a rapidly changing climate – in particular, sea level rise across the city’s 520 miles of coastline – by releasing an official set of Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines to instruct architects, engineers and those involved in the construction and renovation of New York City buildings on how to make buildings more climate resilient.

“The primary goal of the Guidelines is to incorporate forward-looking climate change data in the design of City Capital projects,” the City explained in Version 4.0 of the Guidelines, released in September 2020 . “Codes and standards that regulate the design of facilities incorporate historical weather data to determine how to design for today’s conditions. However, historic data does not accurately represent the projected severity and […]

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