Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Environmental and Construction Standards
The mission of this committee is to examine the current building, construction and physical plant codes for health care facilities in the wake of extreme weather experienced recently with Hurricanes Irene and Lee and Superstorm Sandy. This forum will be an opportunity to share the lessons learned and the research conducted by government agencies, health care providers, design professionals, major construction companies and understand its effects on consumers and the general public.
In May of 2013, the Department announced that there would be a moratorium on new construction and major renovation projects for health care facilities located in costal flood areas. The work of this committee will address what changes are needed and will build upon the work already done by NYC and FEMA.
The primary deliverable is a set of recommendations to be presented to the PHHPC for approval. Recommendations will include storm mitigation strategies and revisions to the current set of design and building codes that apply to health care facilities in NYS. The E&CS committee is expected to meet four times over the course of the summer of 2013 with the first meeting scheduled for June 7th. One of the goals of the June 7th meeting is to identify the specific land areas affected by the moratorium. This will provide assistance to providers to know if their facility (or their proposed facility) is affected.
- August 15, 2013 Meeting - Agenda and Presentations
- July 25, 2013 Meeting - Agenda and Presentations
- June 27, 2013 Meeting - Agenda and Presentations
- June 13, 2013 Meeting - Agenda and Presentations
Final Adopted Report
- Adopted Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Environmental and Construction Standard's Final Report and Recommendations (PDF)
Committee Resources and Research
- FEMA - Design Guide for Improving Critical Facility Safety from Flooding and High Winds: Providing Protection to People and Buildings
- NYC Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency - "A Stronger, More Resilient New York"
- Post Sandy Initiative - Building Better, Building Smarter: Opportunities for Design and Development, May 2013, NYS AIA
- Urban Green - Building Resiliency Task Force Report for making New York buildings and residents safer and better prepared for the next extreme weather event.