Recovering from Superstorm Sandy

Liz Roll photos.

Before & After ~ Recovering from Superstorm Sandy. Sandy made landfall as an enormous post-tropical cyclone near Brigantine, NJ, October 29, 2012, bringing a massive storm surge along the coast, damaging some 346,000 homes in the state.

This historic beach house was swept from its foundation by the surge. It sustained significant damage but remained largely intact. Adapting to the reality of climate change and increased likelihood of future coastal flooding that comes with it, the house was elevated onto a higher foundation that will allow flood waters to flow under the house.

Coastal communities worldwide are considering how to accommodate rising sea levels. Many of these communities are historic and also grappling with the challenges of preserving historic buildings under these conditions. Elevating buildings (and streets) is one approach, restoring dunes and building sea walls are among the other approaches to at least slowing the damage. Simply abandoning our heritage and allowing the sea to claim it is the least desirable option.

Preservation fights climate change. The embodied energy contained within historic buildings saves carbon compared to building new buildings to replace them – slowing climate change.

The inherent sustainability of historic houses and improving energy efficiency are addressed in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Select preservation titles by other authors are also available in our shop.

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