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Sustainability and the Building Environment: Building Materials and Cooling Strategies that Combat a Warming Planet

September 24, 2021 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Air conditioning today accounts for nearly 20% of the total electricity used in buildings around the world and over 10% of the total primary energy use in the US. Already a major contributor to climate change, cooling energy demand is predicted to significantly increase over the next decades with urbanization, population growth and global warming. Heat stress is a major environmental justice concern, dis-proportionally impacting disadvantaged communities. We must find sustainable and equitable cooling alternatives to replace current building practices which only exacerbate the environmental crisis.

The webinar will include an overview of research by Penn faculty members on alternative low-energy cooling strategies and innovative building materials inspired by nature. This will be followed by case-studies of built projects presented by industry leaders in the field.

Dorit Aviv (Assistant Professor of Architecture at Weitzman School of Design), William W. Braham (Professor of Architecture at Weitzman School of Design), Shu Yang (Department Chair, Materials Science and Engineering)


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