Resilience Spotlight: Applying advanced climate models to future-proof building specification

Caption: Graduate student Gesangyang was recognized for her research at the American Meteorological Society annual meeting in Boston January 2020. (Photo courtesy of Gesangyang)

Today’s building specifications are designed for local weather conditions based on historical data. As future weather conditions vary significantly from historic trends due to human-induced climate change, building specifications must be recalibrated away from the weather of the past and towards the weather of the future. Graduate student Gesangyangji is using advanced computer models to study the implications of climate-responsive building design conditions on electricity demand. Faculty advisors include Tracey Holloway, Daniel Vimont, and David Lorenz.