January 18th, 2019

Norwich University Event Leads to Creation of Flood-resiliency Manual

The Property Owner’s Guide to Rebuilding for Flood Resiliency, a short guide of composite advice and web resources for property owners in a northern climate following a flood disaster, is now available free online.

The guide includes design ideas that grew out of the “Re-Building for Flood Resiliency: A Design Charette” event held last fall at Norwich University with a wide range of professionals. Students in Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art translated many of the ideas into sketches used in the guide.

The charette took place Nov. 7-8 in the Chaplin Hall Gallery. A team of architects, planners, preservationists, ecological managers and green-building and energy-efficiency experts joined Norwich students in brainstorming best practices for designing and building flood-resilient structures.

“We were all shocked by the damage after Tropical Storm Irene and, more recently, Hurricane Sandy,” said Aron Temkin, dean of the College of Professional Schools. “Norwich students have been asking how they can apply their skills to the issues of flood resilience.”

Norwich University co-sponsored this project with multiple partners, including the VT Planners Association and the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planners Association. The guide can be found online at www.NNECAPA.org (and also at https://www.vermontplanners.org/resources/vpa-publications/).


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