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25CE - Resilient Design: Are We Ready for the Future?

24 May 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Resilient design is the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities and regions in order to respond to the disasters associated with climate change. Since the 1970s, we have seen a global five-fold increase in the number of catastrophic weather events and a 20-fold increase in annual insured disaster claims. In Canada alone, insurance claims resulting from extreme weather events have exceeded $1 billion annually for the past five years, totalling $8.25 billion over that time period. The June 2013 floods in Calgary alone resulted in insurance claims exceeding $1.7 billion (preliminary). Are you ready? Southern Harbour’s Alexander Hay and RWDI’s Duncan Phillips team in this session to present the strategies and techniques required to make sure your built asset is ready for future climates and associated weather events.

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand what is meant by resilient design.
    2. Gain a sense of the realities of future climates on built assets.
    3. Learn what are the four key architectural variables to consider.
    4. Understand what strategies and techniques can be used to mitigate future issues.


Duncan Phillips, PhD, P.Eng., and Alec Hay, C.Eng., P.Eng., FICE, CRM

Duncan Phillips is RWDI’s Global Practice Leader for Building Performance. His team develops climate-responsive design strategies for individual buildings and masterplans. Clients benefit from Duncan’s ability to solve tough building physics problems by analyzing air flow and heat transfer phenomena. These capabilities have applications in ventilation strategies as well as renewable energy. Duncan is a critical player in RWDI’s efforts to both diminish buildings’ contribution to climate change through passive and low-energy design, and to design for future climate scenarios by increasing buildings’ resilience to extreme weather events.

Founding principal of Southern Harbour, based in Toronto, Alec Hay was previously the resilience and security leader at Dialog, before which he served 25 years in the British Royal Engineers. He specialized over the last 30 years in fortifications and infrastructure development, which he practised around the world. An adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Centre of Resilience of Critical Infrastructure, he focuses on operational resilience of communities and infrastructure systems. He is a principal and international secretary of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists.