Communities seek ways to mitigate against catastrophic weather events

AIA Asheville’s will host their fourth annual Where Building Science Meets Climate Science conference on November 1-2, 2018. Image: AIA Asheville

By Scott Shuford 

With the cost of repairs and rebuilding soaring into the billions in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, communities across the Southeast are urgently seeking ways to mitigate against future extreme weather events. Some solutions will be presented at the AIA Asheville’s fourth annual
Where Building Science Meets Climate Science conference in Asheville, NC on November 1 and 2, 2018. The theme of this year’s conference convened by AIA Asheville COTE and CASE Consultants International is Deep Retrofit, an architectural concept that involves maximizing energy and water conservation in adaptive reuse projects involving existing buildings.  Bill Langdon, local architect and part of the event organizing team, has described the annual conference as "one of the most important events in the country on climate and building design."  

“Many cities and towns are involved with creative renovation of older buildings, often after extreme weather events,” said CASE President, Marjorie McGuirk, adding, “How great would it be if these renovations addressed environmental sustainability while also preserving the history and character of our communities?”

This year’s program is headlined by two outstanding experts on architectural theory from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. William W. Braham, Ph.D., FAIA, will give the keynote presentation at the Friday, November 2 symposium and Daniel A. Barber, Ph.D., will  lecture on Thursday evening, November 1 on “Not So Utopian Futures: Solar & Climatic Architecture in the 1950s.” Professor Barber’s lecture is free to the public.

The symposium will also feature presentations by Anica Landreneau and Kyle Prenzlow from the prominent architectural firm HOK. They will speak on the challenges and opportunities involved in the deep retrofit of historic buildings and present a case study of the Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center, an AIA-award winning deep retrofit project in Hawaii.

Also speaking at the symposium will be NOAA’s Deke Arndt, Chief of NCEI’s Climate Monitoring Branch, on the current state of the climate and CASE associate and AMS Fellow Eileen Shea will provide a climatologist’s perspective entitled “A Climate Scientist Looks at Architecture.”

Margaret Chandler, the AIA Asheville COTE chair and an architect with Samsel Architects, says, “This year’s conference has a lot to offer for anyone interested in the sustainable renovation of older buildings – from architects to historic preservationists to city planners to the general public. Our program blends architectural theory, climate science, and practical application of deep retrofit concepts in case studies that anyone can relate to.”

Ms. Chandler further notes, “We would like to thank our sponsors: The Collider, the Green Built Alliance, Mitsubishi Cooling and Heating, GEMAIRE, and the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association for assisting us in bringing this stellar group of speakers to the Asheville community.”

Registration and other information about the conference can be found here.