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Bracing for Climate Change

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The increased frequency of extreme events and rising global temperatures leave little doubt that we need a new set of tools for adapting to a shifting climate. Design professionals must look for ways to adapt buildings to this changing environment. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions remains essential in addressing the ultimate impact of climate change, but it#s clear that the conversation is expanding to include making the built environment more resilient.

The entire design team, owners, developers, clients and government institutions would benefit from reading this story.


1. Understand the basic #hard# and #soft# methods of protecting against storm surges and flooding.
2. Explain methods of stormwater management at both the city and building site scales.
3. Discuss the importance of resilience and its relationship to green building.
4. Understand the role of insurance, codes and zoning in adapting building practices in disaster prone areas.

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