With climate change resulting in increased heat and precipitation, coastal flooding, and other hazardous events, the built environment is experiencing increased vulnerability and disruption. The goal of resilient design is not only to protect critical project components from current climate hazards, but also to reduce downtime following a hazardous event and to prepare for and adapt to future challenges. This session will review three Passive House case studies, evaluating design solutions that incorporate the results from both passive survivability and climate resilience assessments. Each case study identifies unique, site-specific, climate-related stresses which pose challenges, and provides a framework for identifying opportunities for risk-informed, future-focused, resilient, and sustainable design solutions.
- Develop an approach for assessing how current and future climate hazards impact a specific project site.
- Identify resilient solutions that reduce the impact of hazardous events and support passive survivability.
- Specify performance-based design parameters for individual project components, including building envelope, structural systems, MEP systems, and site design.
- Assess how project-specific design interventions can facilitate larger goals, such as slowing the impact of energy and resource consumption, thriving in an unbalanced world, and increasing equity.