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DIALOG’s Mara Baum and Dorsa Jalalian at 2022 U.S. Green Building Council Summit

December 8, 2022

Join Mara Baum, DIALOG Partner and architect, and Dorsa Jalalian, senior urban designer, as they present “Cooling Off in a Hotter World” at the USGBC Summit on December 14.

Event Details

Date:                                 Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Time:                                 10:00 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. PST
Location:                          Virtual

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Cooling Off in a Hotter World  

Mara and Dorsa will be joined in conversation by Coline Bodenreider from Public Health Alliance of South Carolina and Carrie Brown from Resources Refocus, LLC. as they address the many ways that extreme heat affects human health – both in isolation and in concert with other climactic events such as drought and wildfire.

The panelists will share research that will help attendees investigate site-level vulnerability to heat. They will also provide tools for linking environmental exposure to heat, such as the urban heat island effect, and will highlight case studies of projects that were designed to reduce community exposure to extreme heat.

Learning Objectives:

  • Use the Healthy Places Index: Extreme Heat Edition to inform aspects of building design such as vegetation, incorporation of cooling centers, and shade.
  • List reasons for updated weather file protocols (and the challenges inherent in switching to newer data) and identify the types of weather files that are currently available for building performance simulation, and their recommended use cases.
  • Discuss research and tools that will investigate site-level vulnerability to heat and the importance of linking environmental exposure to heat with particular groups.
  • Identify urban scale responses to increased heat that improves equity and community wellbeing.

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Summit 

Hosted by USGBC Northern California and USGBC Orange County, the second annual USGBC Summit on Bridging Occupant and Community Health will gather professionals from complementary fields to come together, discussing a ‘community of practice’ approach. The sessions will include keynote speakers, advanced case studies, new technology, explorations of emerging topics, followed by a hosted conversation for engagement opportunities.