Information and Resources for Climate Resilience Design Standards

Information and Resources for Climate Resilience Design Standards

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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Design Guidance and Best Practices for Climate Resilience

Design Guidance and Best Practices for Climate Resilience

As a part of Massachusetts’ capital planning, 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.

In the Guidelines and Best Practices section, the Resilient MA Action Team provides general design guidance for consideration, when implementing the recommended standards. Representing overarching climate resilience principles, the guidelines are not specific to a project type or climate hazard.

Also, the Resilient MA Action Team offers forms to guide users through the guidelines and to document decision-making throughout the planning. Forms include Guidelines and Best Practices PDF, Site Suitability, Regional Coordination, and Flexible Adaptation Pathways.

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.

Climate Resilience Design Standards for the Built Environment

Climate Resilience Design Standards for the Built Environment

Climate data provides a uniform methodology for developing design criteria values

As a part of Massachusetts’ capital planning, 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.

In Climate Resilience Design Standards Output, the tool provides projects with recommended “Climate Resilience Design Standards.” Available statewide climate data provides a uniform methodology for developing design criteria values. Further, methodologies are structured in tiers to reflect the respective level of effort.

The Resilient MA Action Team defines climate resilience design “standards” as “… “a scientifically based process or method that produces a consistent outcome, which uniformly guides users in the selection of planning horizons, return period, and flexible design criteria, by climate parameter.”

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.

Climate Resilience Design Standards for the Built Environment

Climate data provides a uniform methodology for developing design criteria values

As a part of Massachusetts’ capital planning, 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.

In Climate Resilience Design Standards Output, the tool provides projects with recommended “Climate Resilience Design Standards.” Available statewide climate data provides a uniform methodology for developing design criteria values. Further, methodologies are structured in tiers to reflect the respective level of effort.

The Resilient MA Action Team defines climate resilience design “standards” as “… “a scientifically based process or method that produces a consistent outcome, which uniformly guides users in the selection of planning horizons, return period, and flexible design criteria, by climate parameter.”

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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