HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY, NOVA SCOTIA – May 17, 2022
Energy retrofits, designed to reduce GHG emissions of buildings are being used by municipalities and businesses to help Canada reach its zero-carbon emissions goal by 2050. Another type of retrofits exists, resiliency retrofits, which help make our buildings stronger in the face of extreme climate events. They are just as important but are still considered an emerging field. Due to its coastal location, Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is prone to floods and other climate events. They wanted to shed some light on this new type of retrofit and bring it to the forefront of conversations.
PUBLIC PANEL EVENT OUTCOMES
The 2022 EcoHack-a-City event was held on May 17th where the invited experts looked at the role of resiliency retrofits from the climate adaptation perspective, the legislation perspective, and the building sector perspective. It highlighted the fact that resiliency retrofits are not only making buildings stronger but that, most importantly, they are building stronger communities overall in the face of extreme climate events.
Following the public panel, two small groups of participants were trained in Design Thinking through a hands-on approach by answering the questions: How might we increase the resiliency of residential infrastructure in an innovative and inclusive way? and How might we initiate the adoption of resilient residential retrofits through existing or upcoming programs to lessen these impacts on homeowners? While the area to focus on for the first question is the community and creating links between the different actors of the community, the second question revolves around funding mechanisms for resiliency.
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