Climate Resilient Design Future Shock

In a year with wildfires raging in the West, extreme flooding from Hurricane Harvey, and widespread damage from record-setting Irma, the need for architects to include climate factors in their infrastructure design becomes even more pressing. Where Building Science meets Climate Science, the 3rd annual The American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Climate Adaptive Design Symposium, in Asheville, NC is a collaboration between the Asheville Section of American Institute of Architects (AIA Asheville), The Collider, Asheville Living Building Challenge Collaborative (Avl LBCC) and CASE Consultants International.

Additional resources

Visit Tally’s website  for further information, user stories, and our LEED v4 credit guide
Life Cycle Assessment, by K. Simonen, Routledge 2014, for general whole building LCA information

View the USGBC Credit Library v4


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Future Shock: Climate Resilient Design in the Southeast

"Resilient Places:  Planning for Our Future", February 24-25, 2017. An educational symposium for regional, town and county planners in collaboration with the American Planning Association and The Collider:  Program Chair Mr. Scott Shuford, AICP.

Featured speaker - Phillip Horne, Assistant Vice President at The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Horne has a distinguished career in higher education, government and public relations, media and entrepreneurship. He is formerly the President and CEO of the Foundation of Renewal for Eastern North Carolina, an affiliate of the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise.  “Financing Green Infrastructure,” Altura’s unique and far-reaching funding opportunities for nonprofit organizations, including capital projects such as construction and renovation as well as green tech projects - See Press Release.

Speaking of Climate examines hurricanes on 24 September, 2019. Is climate change making hurricanes stronger, larger, and wetter? CASE Consultants International invites Carl Schreck, Ph.D., a research scholar with NC State University's North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS), to tell us what he knows. Dr. Schreck explores the climate record of hurricanes and investigates tropical weather and its impacts around the globe.  Hurricanes have long posed significant risks to many areas of the USA, but in recent years, major storms like Harvey, Florence, Matthew, Joaquin  and Dorian, resulted in particularly devastating impacts from strong winds, coastal storm surge, and inland rainfall and flooding.  Climate change impacts are felt across the entire socioeconomic spectrum; whether urban or rural or wealthy or impoverished, all can be impacted by more severe storms, sea level rise, extreme heat, or any other event resulting from the warming of the planet. Hear Dr. Schreck on BPR Fresh Air with Terry Gross

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CASE Consultants International, a certified education provider with the American Planning Association (APA), presents “Climate Wise Brownfields”, a continuing education symposium June 13, 2017, in collaboration with the Cooperative Institute of Climate and Satellites -  (CICS-NC), the NC State University research institute co-located with NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. The workshop features top experts in the field of brownfields on topics of city planning, brownfields finance, and climate mitigation and adaptation via brownfields reuse:

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"Climate Resilient Design in the Southeast", November 6, 2015.  An educational symposium in collaboration with the American Institute for Architects and the Collider: Read the Symposium Summary     See news Future Shock: Climate Resilient Architecture The Mountain Xpress

  • Designing for a New Energy & Climate Future” Marjorie McGuirk
  • Keynote: “Attribution of Extreme Events” Dr. Thomas Carl Peterson, an internationally recognized climate scientist, has spoken extensively on the science of climate change and how it affects every day endeavors. He was elected as President of the Commission for Climatology by member nations of the World Meteorological Organization, and retired as Chief Scientist with NOAA NCEI.  In 2004, Essential Science Indicators ranked him as one of the top 1% of scientists in the field of Geosciences.. He was a lead author on the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report published in 2007
  • Mitigating Climate Change through Architectural Design” Robin Cape
  •  “Practice to Provide, Design to Inspire,” with examples of climate adaptation in design (Laurie Miller AIA, LEED AP and David Tuck ASLA)
  • Adapting to Climate Change through Architectural Design” Scott Shuford AICP, author of Planning for A New Energy and Climate Future 
  • “Conceptual Redesign to Address Climate Change," including current mitigation and adaptation” (Nathan Bryant, AIA Samsel Architects)
  • Climate Resilience in the Southeast” Dr. Kenneth E. Kunkel, Climate Scientist who leads Assessments with the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites at the NOAA NCEI is also a Research Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences of North Carolina State University.
  • Climate Services, Tools & Resources” Glenn Kerr, Executive Director of the American Association of State Climatologists, a professional organization committed to advancing the development and delivery of science-based climate services at the local and state level.

Extreme and slow-onset climate change-related events influence the global movement of people within and across boundaries.  According to the UNFCCC WIM Taskforce on Displacement Activities III.1-3: "Climate and weather-related disasters regularly account for most (86%) of the global total with almost 196 million displacements recorded."

Dane Ratliff, LL.M.,M.A., Senior Fellow of the Center for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), and Dr. Maya Prabhu, M.D., LL.B., of Yale University’s School of Medicine guide the technical invitation-only workshop, Thursday, June 21, 2018, which lays groundwork for  Yale University MacMillan Center Climate Induced Displacement: Challenges and Opportunities12-13 October 2018.  Highlights of the technical workshop include:

Overview - Climate-induced displacement (CID) Issues and knowledge gaps in the law and policy frameworks that climate science can fill

Professor Julie Maldonado, Ph.D., lecturer at UC Santa Barbara, presents "Community Resettlement:  Obstacles, Challenges and Opportunities" to the public on June 20, 2018,   She shares her experiences with communities that face complex cultural, social, legal, and economic factors from being climate-displaced, such as the Isle de Jean Charles Tribe in Louisiana. Also in this session,

Edward Gardiner, Ph.D., demonstrates the Climate Resilience Toolkit developed at NOAA.
Atle Solberg, Head of Coordination Unit, Platform on Disaster Displacement
Professor Benoit Mayer, City University, Hong Kong, “Taking stock of research on climate change, migration and the law: achievements and remaining issues.”
Isabelle Michal, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)

State of the Climate - Science pertinent to Climate Induced Displacement

Ahira Sanchez-Lugo, NOAA NCEI Scientist - Global State of the Climate
Mike Kruk, NOAA NCEI, ERT - Sea-level Rise
Dave Easterling, Ph.D. NOAA NCEI - U.S. National Climate Assessment
Ken Kunkel, Ph.D., Scientist and Professor, North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS) - Climate Projections and Tipping Points

The Interplay between Climate Science and Law and Policy

Marjorie McGuirk, CASE Consultants International
Julie Maldonado, Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara. Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana
Maitre Ayman Cherkaoui, UNFCCC Cop 22 Legal Advisor to the Kingdom of Morocco. Climate Displacement in Africa.
Adam Smith (NOAA NCEI). Extreme Events and Economic Impacts
Robert Brammer, Ph.D., American Bar Association Section of Science
Isabelle Michal, UNHCR  Addressing Climate-Induced Displacements; Systems Thinking
Kanta Kumari Rigaud, World Bank, World Bank, Groundswell
Jenny Dissen, NCICS, NCSU - PREP India
Edward Gardiner, Ph.D., Climate Resilience Toolkit

The Collider, a nonprofit innovation center focused on catalyzing market-driven climate solutions, provided generous support for the event along with Infrastructure Services Group,  CASE Consultants International, Riverside Technology, North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies / NC State University (NCICS/NCSU), NOAA-NCEI staff; and faculty from Yale University.

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Speaking of Climate: Are hurricances stronger, larger, and wetter?

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Highlighted Presentations

  • Scott Shuford, AICP, CASE Consultants International Continuing Education Program Manager and co-author of the American Planning Association’s Climate Change Policy Guide, presents Climate and the Built Environment: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Tim Owen, Chief, Information Services, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, a climatologist and trained planner, describes the coming climate and its implications for national infrastructure.
  • Giselle Rodriguez, City Engineer, Fayetteville, North Carolina, discusses the challenges and opportunities of developing green infrastructure through her experiences in implementing one of North Carolina’s first “green streets” in her talk NC’s Third Green Street: New Techniques, New Challenges, New Opportunities.
  • Cathy Ball, Deputy City Manager, Asheville, North Carolina, introduces attendees to the Asheville green infrastructure program, a major implementer of green infrastructure which now shapes the character of the City.
  • Emma Bloomfield, Director of the High Line Network, presents Keynote: The High Line and the Infrastructure Reuse Movement. She describes how the High Line project was conceived, implemented, and how Friends of the Highline is sharing lessons with an emerging group of infrastructure reuse projects around the country.
  • Dena Chandler, Environmental Designer with the design firm Equinox and a team member from New Belgium Brewery’s Office of Sustainability, presents New Belgium Brewery: A Corporate Argument for Green Infrastructure, reflecting. New Belgium’s commitment to sustainability and an embrace of green infrastructure in their corporate mission.

Vivian Loftness. FAIA, LEED AP, CPHC. internationally renowned architect, researcher, author and educator, presents Environmental Surfing for Resiliency 

Timothy W. Owen  climate scientist, Senior Executive Officer with NOAA Centers for Environmental Information, discusses the current State of the Climate in the United States

Drury B. Crawley, Ph.D., AIA, Fellow ASHRAE, BEMP, Bentley Fellow and Director of Building Performance Research presentsHow Climate Informs Building Design.

Vivian Loftness returns to the podium to present Humans In the Loop & the Internet of Things

David Hill, FAIA, Ph.D., Head of the School of Architecture, College of Design at North Carolina State University, and is also a Professor of Architecture and the Co-Director of the Coastal Dynamics Design Lab, with Research Associate Travis Klondike, ASLA, presents Community-Engaged Resilient Design.

Anica Landreneau, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, and Sustainability Director of HOK  presents Bringing Your Firm into 2030.

Michael Palecki, Ph.D., climatologist NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information,  brings expertise in setting the standards for heating and cooling degree days and what's the new normal to the Panel of Experts

The conference is a collaboration between the Asheville Section of American Institute of Architects (AIA Asheville) and CASE Consultants International - Led by Steering Committee:
Chair Margaret Chandler, Samsel Architects, Emily Coleman-Wolf, NOVUSarchitects, Keri Dixon, AIA Executive Director, Asheville. Bill Langdon, Wm Langdon Architecture, and all the team at CASE Consultants International. With thanks to our sponsors Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating and TRANE, The Green Built Alliance, AIA Asheville, and The Collider

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The American Institute of Architects Asheville Section continues the series where Building Science meets Climate Science, one of the most important symposia in the country about where climate and architectural design interface. This 5th annual program reviews 50 years of climate and architecture progress towards the AIA challenge for 2030 on sustainable design. See Press Wire, See Speaker Loop Slide Show, Download the Agenda

CASE Consultants International invites you to join in a conversation September 4, 2019 with award-winning Architect and Solar Pioneer Mr. William K. Langdon who shares research, knowledge, and his mémoires of a career in climate-wise architectural design.  Architect William K. Langdon shares his pioneering experience in designing buildings compatible with the surrounding climate. An Asheville solar architect and author of energy conservation books, Mr. Langdon's forty plus years of leading climate-resilient architecture inspires today's climate-conscience home owner, building manager, students, and climate scientists who seek real world success stories in using climate data to solve today's issues. 

An added treat, Bill shares selections from his collection of architecture books that include climate data tables and diagrams, which were generated by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Stemming from energy conscious efforts in the 1970s, experts at NOAA's Asheville office, now known as the National Centers for Environmental Information, constructed data products for use by the architecture sector nationwide. This session of Speaking of Climate appeals to a broad audience, climate scientists, climate service providers and practitioners, and energy-conscience disciplinarians. 

THE CLIMATE RESILIENT GRID: A FORUM ON ENERGY, CLIMATE AND THE GRID, June 14-15, 2017. Sponsored by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI),convened by the American Meteorological Society Committee on Climate Services, and supported by NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, The Collider and CASE Consultants International. Thought leaders from industry, government, and academia demonstrate the value of climate data for bringing renewables into homes and businesses nationwide. 

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Climate Adaptive Design - Where Building Science meets Climate Science

Wind, solar and hydro, essential for meeting energy demand, now becoming cost-competitive with conventional generation, per Lazard's Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis. Raising the level of renewables requires efficient transmission lines and new systems of micro-grids, which in turn requires climate data, analytics and environmental intelligence.

See published summary in Bulletin American Meteorological Society, M. McGuirk     See full workshop proceedings    See agenda

*Alexander MacDonald, Spire Global Inc.; Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research & Director NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, delivers Keynote address  “An Interstate Highway” for US Wind, Solar, Hydro, & Nuclear Power.Build a Sustainable, Secure and Affordable Electric System NOW!
* Dr. Michael Brewer, NOAA NCEI, Customer Engagement Section Chief
* Dr. Otis Brown, NOAA CICS-NC / NC State University
* Dr. Judsen Bruzgul, Manager, ICF International Climate Resilience: Examples from Working with DOE and Utilities
* Dr. Delavane Diaz, Sr. Technical Leader, Energy & Environmental Analysis, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
* Dr. Pearl Donohoo-Vallett, The Brattle Group  Utility Impacts from a Changing Climate
* Daniel Kassis, Vice President, SCAN A The Climate Resilient Grid: A Utility Perspective
* John Gajda, Manager, Operations Support, Distributed Energy Technologies Department, Duke Energy Duke Energy's Distributed Future
* Dr. Michael Legatt, CEO and Founder, The Resilient Grid,  Moving Towards a More Reliable, Robust, and Resilient Clean Energy Grid
*Dr. Jessica Matthews, NOAA CICS-NC / NC State UniversityNext-Generation Environmental Intelligence for the Solar Industry
* Michael McPeck, Lead Engineer, National Grid, and the Liaison to the Department of Energy Partnership for Energy Sector Climate ResilienceNational Grid Climate Resiliency Initiatives: Insights from Utilities Engaged in Climate Resilience
* Dr. Ria Persad, CEO, StatWeather  Managing Weather and Climate Risk for Grid Resilience and Reliability
* Dr. Anthony Smith, PhD, President and CEO Secure Futures, LLC, Confronting the Reality: A Virginia Case Study
* Gregory Stunder, J.D., Vice President Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Philadelphia Gas Works, What's Normal Anyway?
Thomas Flaherty, MES International Why is the World Moving to Distributed Generation (DG)?
* Dr. Russ Vose, NOAA NCEI, Climate Science Branch Chief What is Normal, Anyway?
* Mary Wohlgemuth, Director and Dr. Margarita Gregg, Deputy Director, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information The Value of NCEI Environmental Data

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Game-Changing Resilient Infrastructure

Game-Changing Resilient Infrastructure June 22, 2017. - CASE Consultants International, NOAA’s cooperative research institute North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS), and the American Planning Association (APA) present a continuing education symposium featuring top experts in the field of resilient infrastructure. Case studies highlight projects that illustrate how climate mitigation and adaptation positively change the economic future, character, and self-image of communities. These include: North Carolina’s first “green street,” the High Line project in New York City, and several green infrastructure projects in the host city of Asheville, North Carolina. Ways and means to design, fund, and implement projects like these are focal points of the agenda.

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Mainstreaming Climate Science into Professional Practice - Science to Solutions

Our society depends on science to provide the sound foundations for the many decisions we make every day. 

CASE Consultants International depends on authentic data provided principally through NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. CASE infuses the latest climate change science into continuing education programs with professional societies working in planning, architecture, landscaping, civil engineering, transportation, infrastructure design and more. We bring together world-class climate scientists and top notch practitioners in climate-sensitive sectors to fulfill our goal of mainstreaming climate science into professional practice. CASE is a proud certified provider of continuing professional education with the American Planning Association.

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Climate and Respiratory Health - Focus Asthma

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Climate and Respiratory Health - Focus Asthma a trans-disciplinary event with climate scientists, environmental and public health specialists, technologists, and healthcare professionals focus on the impact of weather and climate on respiratory health. They bring an authoritative voice of climate and science, and the preponderance of evidence-based research and data to the area of respiratory health.  The forum offers insights into the synergistic solutions encompassing climate and health.  CASE Consultants International convenes the health forum discussion with sponsors Clean Air Carolina, Green Built Alliance, and with collaboration from NOAA Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-NC (CICS) and The Collider, a nonprofit center in Asheville.

Why climate? According to the U.S. Global Change Research Program report Climate and Health Assessment, climate change exacerbates conditions that adversely affect respiratory health. Warmer and wetter conditions produce dampness and mold linked to 4.6 million cases of worsened asthma. Particulates from long enduring wildfires, which occur more frequently; and pollen from extended seasons of warming temperatures expose asthma sufferers to longer periods of allergens and other asthma triggers.
Why asthma? A major public health concern in the US, asthma accounts for more than 10 million outpatient visits, two million emergency room visits, and 500,000 hospitalizations yearly. More than 4,000 deaths each year are directly attributable to asthma, with 7,000 more deaths considered partially attributable to asthma.The death rate for children from asthma has increased by nearly 80% percent since 1980. 
The science of climate and respiratory health: 

Tools and technology of personalizing public health:

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Agenda              Speaker's Bios             Information Flyer            Welcome Letter  Video - communicating in simple terms the relationship between climate change and pollen

The American Institute of Architects Asheville Section (AIA Asheville) and CASE Consultants International produce the fourth annual Where Building Science Meets Climate Science "one of the most important events in the country on climate and building design" with a theme Deep Retrofit, an architectural concept that maximizes energy and water conservation in adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Headlined by outstanding experts on architectural theory, from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design,  architects with the prominent architectural firm HOK,  and climate scientists.  See speaker profiles and contact presenters for further information.

Steering Committee: *Chair Margaret Chandler, Samsel Architects,  *Emily Coleman-Wolf, NOVUSarchitects,   *Bill Langdon, Wm Langdon Architecture,   *Mary Fierle,AIA Asheville,  *Scott Shuford and Marjorie McGuirk, CASE Consultants International *See Event Flyer

We gratefully acknowledge our Supporting Event Sponsors:  Gemaire Distributors and Mitsubishi Cooling and Heating, Rob Howard, Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) Board of Directors, Gold Level Sponsors The Green Built Alliance and The Collider and Bronze sponsors the American Planning Association North Carolina Chapter APA-NC and AIA-Asheville.