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Resilience to climate variability in the building sector of Antigua and Barbuda

This technology transfer advances Antigua and Barbuda's

  • Nationally Determined Contribution adaptation target: By 2030, all buildings are improved and prepared for extreme climate events, including drought, flooding and hurricanes.

Context

Antigua and Barbuda has experienced over 10 hurricanes in the past 20 years, the most recent events being Hurricane Gonzalo in 2014 and Hurricane Irma in 2017. After each event, in addition to the destruction of property, buildings, ecosystems and loss of lives, access to the electricity grid is often intermittent or not available for weeks, which has negative impacts on health, livelihoods and wellbeing, as well as the economic security of the country. GCF resources are being sought to invest in the public interest that will result from a paradigm shift from existing and dilapidated buildings that are increasingly exposed to the impacts of climate change towards the adoption of climate-resilient building approaches in Antigua and Barbuda.The objective of this technical assistance is to enable the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to submit a small-scale funding proposal to the Green Climate Fund by identifying what interventions are required to enable the buildings to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, extreme flooding, and extended drought, so that the core economy and critical services can continue to function.

Requested CTCN Response

•    Conduct technical assessments of key government buildings, including hospitals, police offices, fire stations and schools, as well as their service inputs (food, water, electricity)
•    Identify the detailed interventions required to make the buildings resilient to the impacts of climate change and variability
•    Comprehensive costing of the adaptation interventions
•    Recommendations for policy and standards e.g. the Building Code; and other recommendations for the project to best achieve its climate resilience goals

Expected Results

  • Identification of the technology barriers that hinder national efforts to improve resilience in buildings
  • Ability to apply for funding to adoopt climate-resilient building approaches with the requisite knowledge of needs, required technologies and budget 
  • Greater resiliency of Antigua and Barbuda's government buildings which will ensure continued delivery of critical services during times of extreme climate events.