ASHEVILLE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With the cost of repairs and rebuilding soaring into the billions in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, communities across the Southeast are urgently seeking ways to mitigate against future extreme weather events. Some solutions are presented at the American Institute of Architects fourth annual Where Building Science Meets Climate Science conference in Asheville, NC on November 1 and 2, 2018. The theme of this year’s conference convened by AIA Asheville and CASE Consultants International is Deep Retrofit, an architectural concept that maximizes energy and water conservation in adaptive reuse of existing buildings.
“After extreme weather events, cities and towns often restore and renovate older property,” said CASE President, Marjorie McGuirk, adding, “It would be great if these renovations incorporated environmental sustainability while also preserving the history and character of our communities.”
This year’s program is headlined by two outstanding experts on architectural theory from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. William W. Braham, Ph.D., FAIA, gives the keynote presentation at the Friday, November 2 symposium and Daniel A. Barber, Ph.D., lectures Thursday evening, November 1 on “Not So Utopian Futures: Solar & Climatic Architecture in the 1950s.” Professor Barber’s lecture is free to the public.
The symposium also features Anica Landreneau and Kyle Prenzlow from the prominent architectural firm HOK, on the challenges and opportunities of historic buildings and present a case study of NOAA’s Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center, an AIA-award winning deep retrofit project in Hawaii.
NOAA’s Deke Arndt, Chief of NCEI’s Climate Monitoring Branch, speaks on the current state of the climate and CASE associate and AMS Fellow Eileen Shea provides a climatologist’s perspective entitled “A Climate Scientist Looks at Architecture.”
Margaret Chandler, the AIA Asheville program committee chair says, “This year’s conference has a lot to offer for anyone interested in the sustainable renovation of older buildings – from architects to historic preservationists to city planners to the general public.”
Registration and other information about the conference can be found at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-adaptive-design-where-building-science-meets-climate-science-tickets-46693556685?aff=eac2.
About AIA Asheville: AIA Asheville is one of 300 local and state components of The American Institute of Architects, uniting communities of design professionals.
About CASE: CASE Consultants International brings Climate Arts & Sciences Expertise into science-based decision making. We help small and medium-sized communities achieve resilience. CASE connects science to solutions.