Baby it’s Cold Outside

Residential, Resiliency

This report developed by Urban Green Council details findings based on computer models created for six representative building categories in New York to find indoor temperatures after a blackout. Findings indicate that the city needs more high-performing buildings that could give protection against severe outdoor temperatures for a week or more during a blackout. High-performing buildings provide the best protection against blackouts during severe weather and would maintain habitable temperatures for an entire week. These new and renovated buildings use readily available construction practices such as installing better windows, adding insulation and eliminating drafts.

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