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Design Resilient Buildings

Incorporating resilient building design and infrastructure within a community greatly influences an area's ability to anticipate, absorb, adapt to, and rapidly recover from disruptive events. Explore the resources below to learn more about designing resilient buildings.

Tools and Resources from Better Buildings

The Guide for Distributed Generation (DG) Resilience Planning
A guide for distributed generation planning that focuses on critical infrastructure, CHP, solar and energy storage, and microgrids. This is geared towards decision-makers such as policymakers and utilities, with a variety of helpful background resources.

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (CPACE)
Fact Sheet
This fact sheet in the Financing Navigator gives building owners an overview of CPACE financing to help implement projects and improve the resiliency of their buildings.

CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships
DOE's CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs) promote and assist in transforming the market for CHP, waste heat to power, and district energy technologies/concepts throughout the United States. The CHP TAPs are available to assist partners with end user engagement and education, stakeholder engagement and education, as well as provide a variety of technical services.

Other Resources

Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines
NYC Mayor's Office of Resiliency
These guidelines provide step-by-step instructions for supplementing historic climate data with specific, regional, forward-looking climate data in the design of City facilities. This example, while specific to NYC, provides examples of how to integrate climate knowledge and resilience into building design.  

Solar Photovoltaics in Severe Weather: Cost Considerations for Storm Hardening PV Systems for Resilience
National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
This guide provides a comprehensive overview of purchasing, installing, strengthening, and ensuring the resilience of PV systems.

Resilient Retrofits: Climate Upgrades for Existing Buildings
ULI Greenprint
Guidance Document
This report introduces real estate actors, designers, policymakers, and finance professionals to the opportunities and challenges of preparing existing buildings for accelerating physical climate risks, including extreme temperatures, floods, storms and high winds, seismic risks, water stress/drought, and wildfires.

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