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Develop Strategies to Reduce Natural Disaster Risks

Explore the resources below to develop strategies to reduce the risks from natural disasters. Then check out the real-world examples from Better Buildings partners who successfully implemented resilience energy projects.

Tools and Resources from Better Buildings

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Project Profiles Database
In this database, more than 200 CHP Project Profiles compiled by DOE's CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs) can be searched by a variety of characteristics.

How Distributed Energy Resources Can Improve Resilience in Public Buildings: Three Case Studies and a Step-by-Step Guide
This document introduces readers to the benefits of integrating energy efficiency with other distributed energy resources to achieve resilience benefits. It describes two DOE tools that each provides high-level assessments of the size and potential cost of onsite energy systems that can power critical facilities, and presents case studies with completed analysis on potential energy investments at existing facilities managed by three partners in DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge.

Partner Solutions and Case Studies                    

An Energy Roadmap for a Resilient, Vibrant, and Sustainable Community
The City of Rochester
Better Buildings Challenge partner Rochester, NY shares the various processes, outreach, and outcomes from their successful implementation of a community-wide resilience strategy. Other local governments can replicate these steps in their own municipalities.

Other Resources    

CHP for Resiliency in Critical Infrastructure 
DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
This fact sheet provides an overview on using CHP to protect critical infrastructure, and how CHP can help create a more resilient and modern grid that keeps communities safe and protects businesses in the event of a large-scale power outage.

SolarResilient Sizing Tool for PV and Battery Storage Systems
This tool estimates the required rating and physical size of grid-connected PV and battery energy storage to provide power for extended periods during a large-scale power outage.

REopt™ Lite Modeling Tool
Evaluate Financial Viability and System Sizing for Resilience
NREL's REopt Lite web tool helps commercial building managers evaluate the economic viability of grid-connected photovoltaics (PV), wind, and battery storage at a site.

Decide if CHP is Feasible for your Building
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This tool from EPA provides an initial “screen,” or preliminary assessment, of the economic feasibility of implementing a CHP system at a specific facility.

Technical Resilience Navigator (TRN)
Federal Energy Management Program
The Technical Resilience Navigator (TRN) provides a systematic approach to identifying energy and water resiliency gaps and developing and prioritizing solutions that reduce disruptions in energy and water services.

Green Infrastructure: Lower Building Energy Demands
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This webpage provides an overview of how to lower building energy demand needs and provides additional resources for further explanation.

DER-CAM Microgrid Tool
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL)
Developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM) is a powerful and comprehensive decision-support tool that primarily serves to identify optimal distributed energy resource (DER) investments in the context of either buildings or multi-energy microgrids.

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