Futureproofing and Resilient Building Design

Climate change is causing a sharp increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events that often disable buildings during power outages.

Resilient design is a cost-effective form of climate change adaptation that designers must seriously adopt in order to protect inhabitants and building assets. This presentation will provide a framework for assessing risks and consequences associated with climate change and guidance on how to approach the design of durable and robust buildings that are able to remain resilient and serviceable under extreme conditions.

Learning Objectives

This presentation is intended to provide participants with an opportunity to:

  1. Gain an understanding of how much more stress extreme weather events will exert on buildings in terms of winds, precipitation, flooding, extreme temperatures, heat and cold spells.
  2. Apply practical techniques to assess the risks and consequences associated with conventional versus resilient building design.
  3. Select appropriate resilience measures for buildings that correspond to future risks.
  4. Learn about the latest thermal resilience research and how it is applied to enhancing the thermal autonomy and passive habitability of buildings.
  5. Access additional information and design resources pertaining to resilient building design.

The Presenter:

Ted Kesik is a professor of building science in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto with a career focus on the integration of professional practice, research and teaching. He entered the construction industry in 1974 and has since gained extensive experience in various aspects of building enclosure design, energy modeling, quality assurance, commissioning, performance verification, and building systems integration.

Professor Kesik’s research interests include resilience, sustainability, durability, high performance buildings, life cycle assessment and building performance simulation. His current research involves the development of design guidelines for low-carbon buildings that are resilient, sustainable and promote climate change adaptation. Dr. Kesik continues to practice as a consulting engineer to leading architectural offices, forward thinking enterprises and progressive government agencies. He remains actively involved in technical organizations and is the author of books, studies, reports and articles related to his areas of research and professional practice.


Webinar Date

Monday May 31st


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