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A New “Sustainability” – Green, Resilient and Healthy

A New “Sustainability” – Green, Resilient and Healthy

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Justin Downey
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November 06, 2018
12:00 PM, Mumbai Time (GMT+5.5)
60 min


The concept of ‘Sustainability’ for the built environment is changing; efforts towards emission reduction, energy and emissions savings and decreased life cycle impacts, collectively ‘Mitigation’ efforts continue and are improving, but must now be supplemented with and understanding, planning, design, and renovation that considers ‘Adaptation’ to change without compromise to the promise of ‘Enhancement’ to our places.  The combined ‘Mitigation’, ‘Adaptation’ and ‘Enhancement’ will shape ‘Sustainability’ practices in the coming decades.  Simply put, our definitions of excellence in building design, construction, and operation today must hold true in the future.

Critical to success in the new ‘Sustainability’ is an advanced understanding of climate, and climate responsive design, including applications based on past and historical climate, and for future climate realities.  Project teams must develop a familiarity with climate, meteorological, and building performance techniques to understand past, current and future climate.  These methods can include statistical manipulation of existing climate records, and/or, dynamic downscaling of global climate models into regionally specific weather research forecasts.  The presentation will discuss methods of generating future climate data, contrasting statistical manipulation against simulations communicating certain advantages and disadvantages of each method.  Further, discussion will be offered on the need for publicly available climate data to inform today’s designers. 

Teams can then use future data to study loads, energy, comfort, resiliency, and potential impacts to occupant experience and wellness using past, current, and projected future climates.  This presentation will review performance objectives, key steps and analysis, and effective design strategies to achieve the new ‘Sustainability’ with equal emphasis on ‘Mitigation’, ‘Adaptation’, and ‘Enhancement’.

Learning Objectives

  1. Introduce an understanding of Sustainability based on ‘Mitigation’, ‘Adaptation’ and ‘Enhancement’.   
  2. Understand climate as being a key driver of design; a coupled systems where our emissions effect a change in our environment.
  3. Learn how past and future climate information can be generated.
  4. Learn how design and construction teams can use the information available or generated to achieve high performance goals and manage risk from climate change.
  5. Learn how climate change ‘Mitigation’ and ‘Adaptation’ need not compromise occupant experience, health, and wellbeing.

Affiliated Associations

  • AIA
  • GBCI