The Resilient MA Action Team (RMAT) Climate Resilience Design Standards and Guidelines project implements actions from the State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan (SHMCAP) and proposes guidance for state-funded projects to climate resilience.

The Commonwealth’s Climate Resilience Design Standards Tool features the following four sections: Project Inputs and Preliminary Climate Risk Rating Output; Climate Resilience Design Standards Output; Guidelines and Best Practices; and, Additional Information and Resources.

The fourth section Additional Information and Resources includes a Project Form, Glossary, Responses to Questions Received During Stakeholder Outreach, and Tool User Guide. First, the “Project Form” captures a majority of questions, with the exception of questions requiring geospatial input.

Second, the Glossary defines terms used in the Climate Resilience Design Standards and Guidelines and in the beta Climate Resilience Design Standards Tool. Third, Responses to Questions supplements existing practices, regulatory requirements, and building codes.  And fourth, the Tool User Guide includes a training video.

About the Massachusetts Climate Change Clearinghouse

The Massachusetts Climate Change Clearinghouse (Resilient MA) is a gateway to data and information relevant to climate change adaptation and mitigation across the Commonwealth. It provides local climate change science and decision support tools for the Commonwealth to support decision-making that enhances climate resilience for local planners, practitioners, policy-makers, and the public.

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