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New construction should consider sea level rise

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Climate change and construction

When Colliers International’s John Scott talks about sea level rise, he knows how to get business leaders’ attention. Scott, a national-level expert on commercial building sustainability, shows what low-lying downtowns could look like in 2100 if sea level rise continues and an exceptionally high “king tide” rolls in.

It’s less costly to incorporate sustainable practices during construction vs. retrofitting buildings, he says. In a high-risk flood area, think about concrete tile floors, not wood, on the ground floor. And in existing buildings, careful planning can help overcome deficiencies in the original design to account for resiliency initiatives.

Leah Bueno, APR, B2 Communications

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