The electric grid is changing rapidly - with more intermittent, renewable energy resources contributing to the power generation supply, more dispatchable baseload retiring, and more extreme weather events causing outages. Providing uninterruptible power supply is becoming increasingly more challenging. As building designers and operators, we have the opportunity to be part of the solution by optimizing the demand side of the equation. Passive building is a design methodology that utilizes passive principles to reduce loads on a peak and annual basis. Passive buildings have inherent load flexibility, flattened peak demands, and less reliance on continuous power supply which is essential for the transition of a clean energy grid.
- Analyze how the electric grid operates and the challenges of renewable energy integration into the grid
- Explore the differences in load patterns and load shifting capabilities between passive building and code construction
- Discuss grid independence / passive survivability
- Compare the resiliency of passive buildings in comparison to code minimum buildings during a long term grid power outage