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Climate Change and Resilient Design Strategies – Practical Recommendations through Case Study Examples

Climate Change and Resilient Design Strategies – Practical Recommendations through Case Study Examples

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Joel Good
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December 10, 2020
12:00 PM, Calgary Time (GMT-7)
60 min


The climate has changed. How can we, as design professionals, building owners and managers plan for buildings and structures that are resilient to these changing climate patterns? The first step is to understand the future climate impacts at your project site. Next is to assess the risk of these phenomena and plan to mitigate. This design thinking is being increasingly considered in mandated policies (i.e. Climate Lens) and private risk aversion. 

This panel of experts will discuss real-world experiences and applications of these principles across large portfolios of buildings as well as deep dive building case studies.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what future climate data is relevant to a project/site and how to find it.
  2. Learn by example, of how future climate data can be incorporated in the design process
  3. How to prioritize resilient design measures for a portfolio of existing buildings (a case study example)
  4. What mitigation measures should be considered in a new design, and how to implement them (a case study example)


As a Senior Consultant with our Building Performance and Sustainability team, Joel brings over 15 years’ consulting experience on building-energy and sustainability projects. Our clients benefit from Joel’s deep understanding of energy, daylight, airflow and comfort modelling in complex buildings and climates. Whether designing for low energy, performing energy simulations or supporting building code compliance, Joel always adds value and helps secure strong project outcomes. His keen insight into the unique challenges and opportunities of each project helps project teams make the most of the natural passive energy potential offered by a site’s specific climate.

Anna has spent her career advancing corporate strategy around the globe at major multinationals. Anna currently leads BGO's global Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) platform ($50+ Billion AUM) integrating risk management and value creation practices into investment decisions and asset management. Anna holds an MBA and law degree. Anna is the Co-chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Investment Committee Property Working Group and Founder of the non-profit Young Women in Energy. Notable accolades include: Canada's Top 40 Under 40, Top 100 Women in Canada, Canada's Clean50 and the Making a Difference for Women Award.

Deb France is a visionary, challenge-driven, successful professional leader. She is a natural yet persuasive communicator recognized among colleagues for her ability to energize and inspire individuals to work toward a common goal. Deb’s professional background has formed her approach to aligning the diverse goals of multiple stakeholders into a common path. She combines a deep understanding of building technology with her individual passion for learning spaces that serve the human spirit and the environment. Deb brings more than 30 years of experience in a variety of complex building types including educational, healthcare and public buildings.  Deb founded Oh planning+design, architecture in 2004.  After over 16 years of business the firm has grown to 28 talented designers and professionals united to reducing the impact of the built environment on the planet so that humanity can live in balance with nature.  Notable projects include the recent PPS Kellogg Middle School (targeted for LEED Gold and Net Zero Energy), Woodburn SD CTE & Science Buildings (targeted for LEED Gold), the Oregon Youth Authority (LEED Platinum) High School, and the Oregon State University (LEED Platinum) Energy Center.

John has gained a wealth of experience since joining our team in 1980. His experience includes interior design, healthcare, high-security, special projects, and design requirements. For John, every project brings its unique client teams, project-specific needs. As a project manager, John's top priority is to collaborate with client representatives. His goals are to understand these needs and translate them into schedule and cost-effective solutions. John has also worked on special projects for the Government of Canada, National Defence, and Public Private Partnerships.  

John approaches each day with enthusiasm and ambition. To him, the best projects are those where the built solution is embraced by the design team and the client. He is devoted to building close client relationships to bring projects to a successful conclusion. The Nexen Fitness Centre in downtown Calgary is a prime example of John's dedication to client satisfaction. After working through a complex project with unique requirements, the Centre was embraced by Nexen as a "damn fine" solution.

Affiliated Associations

  • BentallGreenOak
  • OH Design
  • Dialog design