From Sandy to Snowvember: Climate Change and Buildings in New York State

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.

This symposium, held in November of 2016, drew together academics and practitioners from the Northeast and Great Lakes regions to discuss contemporary thinking in climate resilience applicable to New York State. The symposium addressed questions like:

  • How do built environment professionals respond to a changing climate?
  • How is the building stock adapting to climate change in New York State?
  • How is resilience currently being addressed by built environment professionals?

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

For a video synopsis of the event, please visit this YouTube link.

Date/Time:

November 4, 2016 from 12:00pm until 5:00pm.

Location:

University at Buffalo
Hayes Hall, 4th Floor Lecture Hall
3435 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

Guest Speakers:

Schedule:

11:00am Registration Opens/Pick Up Box Lunches
12:00 – 1:30pm Adapting Buildings for a Changing Climate

  • Robert Shibley, FAIA, FAICP, University at Buffalo
  • Amanda Stevens, NYSERDA
  • Nicholas Rajkovich, PhD, AIA, University at Buffalo
  • Yasmein Okour, University at Buffalo
  • Michael Tuzzo, University at Buffalo
  • Paul Ray, University at Buffalo Regional Institute
  • Brendan Kelly, CEM, L&S Energy Services, Inc.
1:30 – 2:00pm Break
2:00 – 3:30pm Professional Perspectives on Resilience

  • Martha Bohm, University at Buffalo
  • Rosetta Elkin, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Terry Schwarz, FAICP, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
  • Michael Tillou, PE, Atelier Ten
3:30 – 4:00pm Break
4:00 – 5:00pm Closing Remarks/Keynote Speaker

  • Omar Khan, University at Buffalo
  • Rachel Minnery, FAIA, American Institute of Architects

This Event was Supported by: