From Sandy to Snowvember Symposium

When Hurricane Sandy made landfall in October of 2012, more than 186 people were killed, over 600,000 homes were damaged, and infrastructure was devastated across New York State. During the “Snowvember” storm in November 2014, 70+ inches of snow fell in Western New York, causing 14 fatalities, and numerous roofs to collapse. These two events suggest that building design in New York needs to shift to address varying weather patterns caused by climate change.

On 4 November 2016, the University at Buffalo will host a symposium entitled “From Sandy to Snowvember: Climate Change and Buildings in New York State”. This symposium will draw together academics and practitioners to discuss contemporary thinking in climate resilience.

The symposium will also share the results of recent research conducted by the University at Buffalo, L&S Energy Services, and Weather Analytics; the work was supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

For more information and to register, please visit

New paper published!

We just had a new journal article published! It’s called “A Bicycle-Based Field Measurement System for the Study of Thermal Exposure in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA.”

The paper has all of the details on the design, testing, and use of the “weather bicycle” pictured below:UrCHIN2The paper is open access, and available in either HTML or PDF format from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health at


GreenCityBlueLake Article

Research by the Resilient Buildings Lab was recently featured on the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s blog, GreenCityBlueLake.


Image from the weather bicycle which was used to gather data about the urban heat island effect in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Many thanks to Marc Lefkowitz for writing such a nice article! We appreciate the opportunity to share some of the ongoing work in Cuyahoga County related to the Resilient Cleveland initiative.