Embedding resilience across scales: Climate proofing buildings and critical infrastructure

The C1 Panel of the resilient building and construction forum was lead by the general belief that resilience can only be achieved if buildings are analyzed in the specific area and context that they exist within. The first panelist was Mr. Hartke. His major contribution was the LEED Climate Resilience Screening Tool, which is now used by the US Green Building Council to analyze the sensitivity of buildings to climate change and their needs regarding adaptation. They are trying to distribute this tool to practitioners to upload data and receive significant feedback.

Ms. Fink from UNEP underlined that the main aspects of reliance are: location, micro-climate, design (current and future needs), connectivity to services, affordability. In particular, UNEP puts particular efforts in analyzing the all life-cycle of buildings.

Ms. Krings, from the German Federal Office of Disaster Assistance, focused her presentation on what the major adaptation strategies Germany is putting into action against climate change. Natural disasters, human failures and others (terrorism, war and crimes) are the major factors her agency is concerned with. She conclude her presentation explaining the concept of “prioritization”: “Which situation is tolerable and which not?” and “what are the minimum services to be provided when the population is under risk?”.

Mr. Rat-Fisher from the European Institute for Energy Research gave his presentation on smart-grids. In particular, he focused on the main differences between European countries when it comes to introducing smart-grid controllers in households. The main points he focused on were: the cooperation between local authorities, industrial and suppliers; decentralized grids will improve resilience of urban systems in crisis situation; their implementation do not have to affect normal operations. He concluded his presentation explaining that examples of completely self-standing energy production areas are not available because even very small communities are still interconnected with the larger grid.

After a brief question session, the panel concluded with
“Resilience is not a destination, is a journey. It is about doing it all the time and all together”   

Written by Francesco Maria Basili

(Social Media Volunteer)