Seminar | IEA EBC Annex 80 – Resilient Cooling in Buildings

Health & Comfort

Date Tuesday May 24
Time 14:15 - 15:45
Theme Health & Comfort
Location Dock 11

The interactive session aims to promote and advance the understanding of the impact of short disruption events, namely heat waves and power outages, on occupants’ thermal comfort. As part of the IEA Annex 80:Resilient Cooling in Buildings dissemination activities, the interactive session explores with attendees the preparedness and adaptation measures of a case study for a sensitive building.

An introduction (10 minutes) will introduce the main concepts of resilient cooling, the Annex 80 activities, before briefing the audience on the chosen case study.

Next, the audience will be divided into four groups, seated around four tables, with a flipchart and markers at each table. Printed handouts at each table illustrating the case study building and the assignment will be available. While the groups are settling at the tables, the case study building and the assignment are explained: The case study building is a contemporary BelgianNet Zero Nursing Home. Pictures, plans, and a description of its relevant qualities will be provided in the handouts. It shall be challenged against the scenario of a four-day-heatwave and power outage.

Groupwork (15 minutes): Each group is asked to build scenarios that could likely happen regarding the categories of vulnerability (preparedness) and resistance during the disruptions: How will the building and its inhabitants go through the extreme event? What options will be left? Which preparations would have improved the performance: In building design? In HVAC design? In occupancy adaptation and preparedness? The moderators will suggest four different measures that may be investigated:

  1. Occupant adaptation,
  2. Cooling and MV Systems resistance,
  3. Renewables and backup generation roles, and
  4. Effectiveness of storage and providing minimum power loads.

Each group draws the outputs on the flipchart, followed by a group work presentation (Four groups, 5′ each): Each group presents its outcomings using the flipchart drawing. This scenario’s game is a qualitative method that should result in four nice schemes or drawings of how such a building shall be managed and designed under disruption.

Speakers Organisers
Peter Holzer Peter Holzer
Ramin Rahif Ramin Rahif
Shady Attia

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