Climate impact and building resilience strategies

Recorded Wednesday, November 12, 2014 · 1pm

Free to view
46 minutes

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the expected climate impacts on Chicago temperatures and building performance.
  • Describe the process used to analyze climate impacts on building performance.
  • List key energy efficiency technologies that could increase a building’s resilience to climate variability and extreme weather events.
  • Explain various climate change prediction models.

Who should watch?
Building designers, architects, energy modelers, mechanical and electrical engineers, building owners, general contractors, energy efficiency specialists, commissioning authorities, energy efficiency policy makers, and anyone involved in the building design process.

Extreme weather events are an area of concern in the built environment and substantially impact building performance and energy consumption over time. There are no guidelines or policies that explicitly address the impacts of climate on energy use in buildings. So, how do we reduce our vulnerability and increase our resilience to this unpredictable operating expense? Join us online to find out.

During this webinar, we’ll discuss the projected impacts of climate variability on building energy use and demonstrate a variety of building models that take climate change into consideration. We’ll take a close look at the impacts of future climate variability on energy peak demands, overall consumption, and costs. Real-world examples will also be examined, including a recent climate and energy resilience study completed at NASA's Stennis Space Center Campus.

Course outline


NASA research

  • Stennis Space Center overview
  • Model development and calibration
  • Climate data
  • Modeling results
    • Climate change impacts
    • Adaptation and resilience strategies

ComEd project

  • Project overview
  • Model development
  • Climate data
  • Modeling results
    • Climate change impacts
    • Adaptation and resilience strategies


Question and answer

ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program new construction offering

Building Energy Efficiency
The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program new construction offering provides technical assistance and financial incentives to encourage design teams and building owners to surpass standard practices and exceed energy code requirements. The best time to identify high performance building design strategies and technologies is at the beginning of the design process. Applications must be submitted early in design to qualify for the program (pre-design or schematic design is best).

Want more information?

Funds are limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. ComEd Energy Efficiency Program is funded by ComEd customers in compliance with state law.