Building Efficiency and Blower Doors: Essential Responses to Sandy

By Ken Levenson, A.I.A.

Superstorm Sandy has produced a torrent of meetings, plans, reports, announcements and actions by city, state, federal and non-governmental organizations. Today, before their terms expire, the New York City Council and Mayor are racing to pass important legislation based on these past months of herculean effort. While the action may be understandably focused on measures directly related to storm survival of our built environment from wind and flood damage, systemic failures of water, transportation, power and other services — legislative efforts thus far have focused on the symptoms of our problems and not the root causes.

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Ken Levenson is president of New York Passive House, a local non-profit affiliated with the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany.