House elevation on Union Street, Nantucket

Elevation of the Entire Structure

What is elevation? National Park Service “This adaptation method involves raising the height of a building by lifting the building from the existing foundation, constructing a new, higher foundation, and resetting the building on the new foundation.” Jenifer Eggleston, Jennifer Parker, and Jennifer Wellock. “Guidelines on Flood Adaptation for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.” National Park Service, …

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Buoyant Foundation Project

Buoyant Foundations: An Amphibious Future

What is A Buoyant Foundation? A buoyant foundation “is a type of amphibious foundation in which an existing structure is retrofitted to allow it to float as high as necessary during floods while remaining on the ground in normal conditions” (Buoyant Foundation Project).  There are three elements:  1. buoyancy blocks that are installed under the …

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gray mountain, wilderness, hut

Mitigation or Adaptation?

June 13, 2020- What does it mean to mitigate or adapt to climate change? These terms are often used interchangeably, but are in fact, quite different. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Mitigation: “reducing climate change–involves reducing the flow of heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.”  Adaptation: “adapting to life in a changing climate– involves adjusting …

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Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans and Climate Webinars

April 30, 2020– The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans is continuing to host free online classes on various preservation related issues from wood window repair to New Orleans architecture. However, what is perhaps the most relevant to ACKlimate and our readers is a free class titled “Historic Buildings as a Climate Response Tool” This …

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Miami Releases Design Guideline

April 23, 2020– The City of Miami, Florida published Buoyant City: Historic District Resiliency & Adaptation Guidelines in March 2020. In this document, Miami takes a holistic approach to tackling sea level rise and climate change threats to the city’s cultural resources. Miami encourages flexible and innovative planning, admitting that current preservation practices may not …

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