Feature Article

Designing for the Next Century's Weather

How do you create a climate-responsive building in a changing climate? Brand new modeling techniques are helping us figure it out.

September 30, 2013

Natural ventilation, daylighting, rainwater harvesting: these and many other “climate-responsive” strategies are hallmarks of sustainable design because they take advantage of freely available, inexhaustible resources. Working with nature is all very well as long as nature is fairly predictable, but in a changing climate, that’s no longer the case. As temperatures and humidity levels rise, and as wind and precipitation patterns fluctuate, climate-responsive buildings may no longer respond as they were designed to do.