New high rises could power tenants’ homes for a week in emergency

On the 48th floor of the American Copper Buildings along the East River in New York City, the views are breathtaking, but this penthouse isn’t for renters. It’s reserved for five emergency generators.

As The New York Times puts it, giving up the precious square footage is an “insurance against an ominous future: They want tenants in the towers’ 760 apartments to be able to live in their apartments for at least a week, no matter how high floodwaters may reach nor how long the power is out.”

This is just the start of how property owners along America’s coasts are increasing resilient design in face of intense storms and rising sea levels.

More than 1,000 prospective tenants have asked for information on the 600 market-rate apartments at American Copper (one-bedroom units start at $3,600 a month), a spokesman for the developers said, though the buildings will not open until next month. And 79,000 applications have been received for the 160 subsidized affordable units in the complex (one-bedroom units start at $895 a month).


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