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Infrastructure Flexibility & Resiliency to Combat Climate Change

With the rising awareness of climate change and the potential for serious effects on the climate environment, reevaluating building infrastructure flexibility and resiliency has become paramount to a building’s success.

Today’s design and construction professionals can combat climate change’s current and even future effects by providing higher levels of flexibility and resiliency in the buildings we build and retrofit. Past practices used for decades are certainly not the best practices of today. Implementation of renewable resources & reductions in carbon footprint are hot topics, and the choices we make for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing infrastructure, as well as finishes and structure, play a major role in “future-proofing” our buildings.

In addition to design, the construction execution and commissioning of new building systems is also an important part of implementing flexibility and resiliency strategies. As designers and contractors, we need to understand the trade-off between systems and equipment complexity and the challenges associated with building and operating these systems within our projects.

This guide will summarize the latest design trends and improvements that include flexibility and resiliency strategies to combat the challenging effects of climate change on our buildings and infrastructure systems.


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