25 Jun '13, 1pm

Another reason not to build glass towers: They are not resilient

Another reason not to build glass towers: They are not resilient

In the years we have covered the Passivhaus concept, the main selling point has been the energy saved through a simple concept: lots and lots of insulation, careful detailing and siting, no green gizmos needed. However, the recent New York City Buildings Resiliency Task Force Report, covered on TreeHugger here , points out another big benefit of super-insulation: Resilience. The report notes: Issue :Utility failures often disable heating and cooling systems, leaving interior building temperatures dependent on whatever protection is provided by the building's walls, windows and roof. A Stronger, More Resilient New York/Public Domain Over at BuildingGreen , Alex Wilson of Resilient Design Institute picks up the story: When power was lost in parts of New York City—in some places for several weeks—there was recognition by the City that conditions could get pretty dire very qui...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/resilience/another-reason-not-b...

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