Buildings provide fundamental services that allow our society to function every day including comfortable indoor conditioned environments with lighting, ventilation and temperature control. Natural hazards, including severe storms, earthquakes and wildfires, can cut off energy supplied to these buildings, disrupting their core functions and rendering the buildings uninhabitable, causing significant disruption to normal functions of our society. Zero energy buildings have a natural place in efforts to improve the resiliency of our built environment. This webinar addresses the topic of resiliency design generally and how to pursue zero energy as a part of that goal.
Often, buildings are not designed to withstand these severe weather events, resulting in significant and at times irreparable damage. Recent natural disasters like hurricanes Sandy and Katrina have highlighted the issue of architectural resiliency, the ability of buildings to weather disruptions and disasters. Onsite energy production creates the opportunity for zero energy buildings to continue operating when grid power fails, but requires special attention and approaches if is to successfully support resiliency. This webinar will focus on the key considerations that allow zero energy design to actually contribute to resiliency and highlight the pitfalls and barriers.