Residential Resilience Audits

Onsite Assessments to Guide At-Risk Residents in Preparing for Future Storms
New York, New York

We provided professional engineering and consulting services to the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, Inc. (the Center), to design and execute a program to conduct resilience audits for residential properties throughout the city, as part of its Residential Technical Assistance Pilot Program (RTAPP). The objectives of the pilot program were to identify feasible and cost-effective retrofit methods to increase building resilience including planning-level cost estimates, and to prioritize recommendations that would result in decreases in flood insurance premiums.


Sandy-affected communities assisted

RTAPP is funded by the New York Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Addressing a common need post-Superstorm Sandy across multiple New York Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) communities, RTAPP was devised to ensure that qualifying residential property owners have the tools and capacity to retrofit residential structures in a resilient and sustainable manner. This program will deliver assistance to approximately 1600 residential properties, ranging from single-family homes to residential towers, located in Canarsie, Gravesend and Bensonhurst, Howard Beach, Lower Manhattan, Red Hook, Rockaway East, and Southeast Brooklyn Waterfront.

We assisted the Center with the services necessary for completing residential resilience audits and administration of this program in accordance with HUD and GOSR requirements and timetables. We worked collaboratively with staff from the Center, as well as other subcontractors, including a designer and web developer for housing a resilience and flood insurance calculation web platform, a firm providing multi-family specific resilience technical assistance, and multiple firms providing resilience technical assistance counseling to owners of properties, based on the recommendations of our audits.


The Center for New York City Neighborhoods


  • Engineering
  • Planning, Consulting and Advisory


  • Risk, Response and Recovery


  • Northeast