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The Vestry Condominiums Resiliency Program

While managing the development’s LEED program, Brightworks is also managing the development’s resiliency program, helping it comply with New York’s resilience codes, enacted after lower Manhattan was crippled by Hurricane Sandy.

Sitting mere feet from the West Hudson River waterfront, this 155,000-square-foot building will create more than 45 new luxury condominium homes in the TriBeCa neighborhood of Manhattan.  Since it is required to fulfill the resiliency requirements in New York City’s building code, it will also help New York City prepare for severe natural shocks.

While managing the development’s LEED program, Brightworks is also managing the development’s resiliency program, helping it comply with New York’s resilience codes, enacted after lower Manhattan was crippled by Hurricane Sandy.

New York’s Urban Green is currently evaluating and proposing measures for resiliency in New York.  Of those adopted into code through legislation, Brightworks is currently helping the design team evaluate the following; gather and interpret climate and landscape data to understand which of these codes apply to their project; demonstrate necessary compliance via a required checklist; and incorporate them into the design:

  • Relocate and Protect Building Systems
  • Remove Barriers to Elevating Buildings and Building Systems
  • Remove Barriers to Sidewalk Flood Protection
  • Safeguard Toxic Materials Stored in Flood Zones
  • Prevent Sewage Backflow
  • Clarify Construction Requirements in Flood Zones
  • Prevent Wind Damage to Existing Buildings
  • Analyze Wind Risks
  • Capture Stormwater to Prevent Flooding
  • Remove Barriers to Backup & Natural Gas Generators
  • Add Hookups for Temporary Generators & Boilers
  • Keep Gas Stations Open During Blackouts
  • Supply Drinking Water Without Power
  • Ensure Toilets & Sinks Work Without Power
  • Create Emergency Plans

Because the design team is also pursuing LEED certification, part of Brightworks work involves the integration of resiliency measures with LEED certification in order to streamline the sustainability program and ensure that the development’s resiliency measures support the LEED program and vice versa.

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