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(Session A) Buildings of the Future and Climate Resilience Strategies

Start Time: 9:40 AM

Length: 60 Minutes

Speakers: Nora Wang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Doug Ahl, Research Director, Seventhwave

Learning Objectives:
1. Learn about a future where buildings are self-aware and continuously anticipate and react to changes in weather and occupant needs to optimize energy and water use.
2. Identify groundbreaking technologies and trends that could revolutionize the built environment.
3. Describe the process used to analyze climate impacts on building performance.
4. Discuss the expected climate impacts on Chicago and national temperatures and building performance.
5. List key energy efficiency technologies that could increase a building’s resilience to climate variability and extreme weather events.
6. Explain various climate change prediction models.

Description: Expert panelists will present their collective views of future buildings and the potential for groundbreaking technologies and trends that could revolutionize the built environment. The panel will explore a future where buildings are self-aware and continuously anticipate and react to changes in weather, time of day, and occupant needs to optimize energy and water use and contribute to a cleaner environment. They will present a future building vision that will help society develop innovative strategies and solutions toward a future where buildings become true assets.

Speakers will discuss the projected impacts of climate variability on building energy use and demonstrate a variety of building models that take climate change into consideration. The impacts of future climate variability on energy peak demands, overall consumption, and costs will be analyzed via real-world examples, including a recent climate and energy resilience study completed at NASA’s Stennis Space Center Campus.

This presentation is sponsored by Seventhwave and AIA Chicago COTE.


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