Building for Climate Change will report on how we are designing buildings to prepare for the impact of climate change. Specifically we are concerned with the chronic changes brought about by rising sea levels and the catastrophic impact of major storms – storms that are forecast to increase in both frequency and severity.
Much of our work, both as architects and general contractors, is in southern Rhode Island, where the impact of climate change is evident.
The question is not what we can do to forestall the effects of climate change. The question is how can we mitigate the damage to our homes and our communities. What can we do to adapt to the changing conditions brought about by sea level rise and climate change?
However, the need to design and build in a way that mitigates the impact of climate change is not only a coastal concern. In 2013 tropical storm Irene walloped Vermont. Irene damaged or destroyed over 3500 homes, 20,000 acres of farmland, and 500 miles of roads in Vermont, causing damage in 225 of Vermont’s 251 towns.
Building for Climate Change will report how we are:
1. Elevating and Strengthening Buildings to withstand rising waters and hurricane force storms.
2. Specifying Materials That Can Get Wet without rotting or requiring expensive maintenance.
3. Designing Ventilated Wall Systems that can breath and dry out when they get wet.
Oyster Works’ work in designing buildings to prepare for the impact of climate change has been reported on by: