Efficiency, Flexibility, and Resilience: Connections and Opportunities
While the role of energy efficiency in mitigating climate change has been established, its role in helping society adapt and build resilience to its impacts is considerably less well-defined, explored, and valued. This is despite the fact that improved energy performance enhances a building’s ability to maintain critical services for a variety of stakeholders during major disruptions. In this talk, I will argue in favor of integrating resilient design into energy efficient building technologies. We will explore how resilience manifests itself behind-the-meter, how efficiency and resilience complement each other, and how they can conflict. I will present opportunities to advance energy efficiency through resilience, then conclude by laying out challenges and opportunities at their nexus.
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy
Mike Specian is a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO). As a member of BTO’s emerging technologies team, Mike has facilitated behind-the-meter innovations to make buildings more energy efficient, resilient, and flexible to an evolving electrical grid. Prior to joining BTO he was an EARA Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany; a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC; a scientific consultant for the U.S. Global Change Research Program; and a researcher for Baltimore City in the area of disaster preparedness.