The Department of Defense (DoD) ESTCP Program sought demonstration and validation efforts that improve resilience to climate change and related weather events impacting buildings and building components. Changes in weather patterns and conditions such as extreme temperatures, increased flooding, ice storms, high winds and wildfires have an impact on the building structure, energy load, and performance. The effects of the extreme conditions may cause building components, such as heating and cooling systems, and building materials to degrade more rapidly or fail prematurely. Phase 1 will consist of analysis to identify, characterize, and quantify the impact of extreme weather on DoD buildings and building components, and develop recommended approaches to mitigate the impacts. Recommendations that include technological solutions that address identified gaps in building and building component climate resilience, may be invited to submit Phase II proposals for demonstration projects following the completion of the Phase I efforts. Pre-proposals were requested for Phase 1 only.
Of particular interest were Phase I efforts that addressed the following:
Funded projects will appear below as project overviews are posted to the website.
Outcomes from these evaluations on the impacts of extreme temperatures and climate change on buildings will assist DOD installations in their installation assessment and resilience planning activities and the development of installation plans, such as installation energy plans and installation resilience plans. The evaluations will inform updates needed to the building standards and policies to ensure continuity of operations under altered climate conditions.
Climate change and extreme weather already impacts DoD infrastructure and DoD’s ability to execute its mission as evidenced by a series of costly infrastructure losses. In 2019, a DoD survey of 79 installations found that about two-thirds are under threat of recurrent flooding and about half to drought or wildfires. DoD planners and managers suspect that the climate change impacts, such as increased extreme high temperature days will increase the load on the building cooling system, resulting in inefficient performance and higher rates of unit failure. As a result, an evaluation of climate change and extreme weather impacts to buildings and building components is required.
The pre-proposals shall follow the general instructions provided on the ESTCP website and should consider the following information: