Regional Forum - Responding to Climate Challenges: Energy Efficient Homes in a Wildfire-prone Region
In the past year, wildfires and smoke have affected all of our nine Bay Area Counties. How can our built environment respond to these challenges while also reducing contributions to climate change?
This half-day BayREN forum explored how building features for energy efficiency and for wildfire resistance can work together and where they may conflict. Focusing on residential buildings, presentations discussed fire resistance and energy efficiency of different home vintages, air sealing and indoor air quality, local Bay Area experiences with rebuilding after wildfires, and how all of these inform the design and construction of new homes as well as retrofits to make our communities more resilient.
- Welcome and Introductions | Deborah Elliot, BayREN Representative, Napa County | Emily Alvarez, BayREN Representative, StopWaste (Alameda County)
- Efficiency vs. Toxicity: Designing for Fire | Jeremy Knoll, BNIM Architects | Bob Renton, Henderson Engineers
- Rising Back Up: Achieving Savings and Resilience in Fire Recovery Areas | Scott Salyer, Sonoma Clean Power
- Resilient Home Remodeling: Efficiency, Electrification, and Wildfire Protection | Ann Edminster, Design AVEnues LLC
- Measuring the Air Inside During a Wildfire | Woody Delp, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Q&A and Closing Remarks