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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2021: 17th Conference of IBPSA


Simulating gentle failure as an approach to building resiliency

Ibone Santiago Trojaola 1, Susan Ubbelohde 1,2, George Loisos 1, Nathan Brown 1, Eduardo Pintos 1
1 Loisos + Ubbelohde, Alameda CA USA
2 University of California, Berkeley CA USA

Abstract: Current research and policies in resiliency focus on the definition of future risks and conditions but lack guidance on how to deliver a resilient building in practice. This paper describes a “gentle failure” approach to resilience in the context of multiple potential disasters as well as long-term weather change used in the design of an art center/ residence in California. The idea of future proofing buildings is reframed by focusing on adaptability and diversity of strategies rather than oversizing systems to respond to more extreme conditions. Simulations of thermal comfort and varied load scenarios were tailored to the needs of the project. This helped to define resiliency targets, specify envelope assemblies, design mechanical systems, develop a gentle failure implementation plan and sizing energy storage and production systems.
Keywords: Battery storage, PV system sizing, Zero Net Energy, Resiliency
Pages: 3358 - 3365