Cracking the Code for Resilient Design

Climate change is a disruptor that is endangering people and development across the country. Communities that urgently need to increase the resilience of their built environment have limited tools and no funding. There are multiple regulatory pathways to enhancing such resilience and each comes with administrative, legal, social, and environmental issues. Examples and lessons learned from pioneering cities can serve as guideposts for those that follow.

Presenters from Boston, Kaua‘i, and San Francisco will highlight regulatory approaches to making built environments more resilient to climate change impacts like flooding and sea-level rise. They will share successes and lessons learned while developing resilient-design standards that leverage existing data, codes, and regulations; address equity concerns; and incorporate cross-agency collaboration.

Built-environment resilience is a health and safety concern for everyone. Although new regulations and development standards can disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, speakers will explain how equity was considered in the implementation of new standards.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify multiple regulatory pathways to increase built-environment resilience to flooding and coastal hazards.
  • Address challenges including limited data, equity concerns, and lack of funding in developing and enforcing resilient design standards.
  • Leverage available data and existing regulations such as building codes, setback ordinances, and zoning overlays to advance resilient design standards.

The NPC Peer Reviewers assigned this presentation a learning level of Advanced. For more on learning level descriptions visit our General Information Page.