E06 - Creating Disaster Resilient Housing in East Boston

Thursday, November 9 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM | 258A « Back

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Catastrophic weather events cause immediate threats to our buildings and communities, but they can also be mitigated with thoughtful design. This session showcases an East Boston waterfront apartment building designed for resilience against storm surges, sea-level rise, and flooding in a site particularly vulnerable to climate change.

The City of Boston’s Zoning Code for “Green Buildings and Climate Change Preparedness and Resiliency Policy” represents a cutting-edge approach to ensure that buildings are contributing to the sustainability and survivability of our communities. Developer Gerding Edlen worked closely with the City of Boston to prove their project would be “built to last” rather than “built to code” – and the result is a teaching tool that any region can learn from.

This facilitated, live discussion will share how the design of this residential development is poised to survive inundation, bounce back from storms more quickly, and minimize discomfort during heat events. Discover the benefits developers receive when adopting resilient design measures, including faster entitlement and approval turnaround times, and decreased insurance premiums. Take away concrete lessons you can apply to your next project to incorporate climate change preparedness and resiliency into our communities.

Learning Objectives:

1) Translate resiliency, often discussed in abstract terms, into clear and specific objectives as they apply to multi-family housing.

2) Understand the Boston Zoning Code Resiliency Checklist process.

3) Learn practical and feasible steps for how to implement a Resiliency Checklist.

4) Identify regulatory conflicts, cost constraints and other barriers to successfully implementing resilient design, and how to overcome them.

Learning Level:

Level 200 – Understanding/Comprehension


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Event Type: Education Sessions > Session