B05 - Passive Resilience for the Future Climate

Wednesday, November 20 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM | B302 « Back

Abstract Text:

In our research we built on the design work for a new school project that is targeting Zero Net Energy performance. Using this high performing building we adapted the design to compare a passively design building against a mechanical design that has similar energy performance. We then modeled the building again using future weather data files our team created for two diverse climates.
From a simple energy cost payback perspective, active systems often pencil out to have a more attractive return on investment period than most passive solutions. The simple payback method is arguably overly simplistic and misses the co-benefits inherent to many passive design elements such as enhanced comfort and resiliency in the wake of extreme weather events, among others.
This research was funded by the Energy Trust of Oregon through a Net Zero Energy Fellowship. It explores the connections between energy efficiency and resiliency for past and future climate conditions. We will endeavor to create a standardized method as well as a future climate file to assess the resiliency of proposed developments. The output of the work will provide future development teams a method to evaluate resiliency implications of their proposed design solutions. We also anticipate that our work will show a strong correlation between energy savings achieved through the implementation of passive measures and the resiliency of the building, and communities. This session is sponsored by GAF

Learning Objectives:

Explain to colleagues and clients the benefits of passive systems as a method to improve building performance in an era of climate change.

Understand the value of passive systems for improving resilience beyond energy savings including acoustics, longer life span, lower maintenance.

Understand the importance of weather data files for energy modeling based on future climate conditions not historical data.

Explain the value of Zero Net Energy buildings to improve resilience and mitigate climate change.

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Education Tracks: Future-Ready| Resilient and Sustainable

Event Type: Conference Session > Session