Buildings of the Future: Responding to Climate Change

Christopher Colasanti
Associate Partner
Jaros, Baum & Bolles, New York City

As the world experiences an increased volume of extreme weather events, resulting in a mounting global environmental crisis driven by climate change, architects must engage with the construction industry to envision viable solutions for the future. As we face a greater challenge than ever before, working together, the architecture, engineering, and construction industries can create future-proof ideas designed to respond to climate change.

How can building façades and systems be designed to maintain their function and integrity through extreme weather events? In order to avoid costly repairs and damages, buildings must withstand swings in temperature, hurricanes, storms, and more. Additionally, how can architects mitigate more severe stack effect for tall buildings? Utilizing more stringent design criteria, such as forecasting data historical data and dated code requirements, façade testing can be optimized to better simulate future conditions.

As we seek to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, we must clearly understand how capital investments in sustainable building elements, including materials and technology, can reduce operational costs and minimize service interruptions, thus adding value in the development process. Working holistically through informed sustainable approach, developers can reduce embodied carbon in their buildings through active participation in decisions related to resilient construction, extending the lifespan of their buildings.

This presentation will focus on the significant positive environmental impacts yielded by intentional design approaches to specific building elements, including façade design, building technology, and construction materials. Examining the evolution of building technology over the last 50 years of architectural practice, and looking forward 50 years, this presentation will explore how building design can become more resilient, addressing the most pressing challenge of our time: climate change.

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