Published April 15, 2016
Extreme weather events related to climate change are on the rise, putting our buildings - and, in turn, human life and our economy - at risk.
Imagine: increased flooding, air conditioning as an essential, or even more termites. To help policymakers, builders and homeowners prepare for climate change, architect professor Nick Rajkovich, the UB Regional Institute and NYSERDA have launched an important new research initiative.
The multi-year research is suported by NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) and led by Nicholas Rajkovich, assistant professor of architecture.
Rajkovich says the research will fill an important knowledge gap: although the building stock interacts with energy use, transportation patterns and public health, most recent assessments of climate change have failed to address the role of buildings in adapting to climate change. The team will deliver recommendations to policymakers, builders, building managers and homeowners based on four research and outreach goals: