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Climate Risk To Buildings: Targeting Climate Resilience-L&L

External Event
Apr 21 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


As climate change progresses, using historic climate data and weather patterns as a means to predict future weather patterns becomes increasingly unreliable. Even with the most aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reductions, adaptations in British Columbia’s infrastructure are required to withstand the changing climate. The effects of climate change on buildings include additional heat stress on occupants from increasing temperatures, damage to building envelopes and contents from extreme precipitation and coastal flooding, and restricted water supplies from drought, among others.

This lunch and learn will present some of the findings of a study carried out by the Climate Risk Management Team at the Climate Action Secretariat (BC Ministry of Environment). The study assessed the climate resilience of several public sector buildings in British Columbia in both the planning stage and aged/existing lifecycle stage. This lunch and learn will also discuss how resilient design can be included when targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

The event is intended for green building professionals, LEED consultants and others interested in climate resilience in a buildings context.

Guest Speakers:

Johanna Wolf, PhD is a Senior Policy Analyst in Climate Risk Management in the Climate Action Secretariat of BC’s Ministry of Environment. Johanna’s expertise in climate change adaptation and resilience spans over a decade and includes work in coastal, aboriginal, northern, and health contexts.

Anika Bell is a 4th year UVic mechanical engineering student currently on co-op with the Climate Action Secretariat. Anika’s work at the Climate Action Secretariat has involved creating a case-study assessment of BC public sector buildings for climate resilience.