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Feb 9 2021 Online Learning /

TSA Technical Series | Enhancing Passive Systems for Thermal Resilience

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Online via Zoom Webinar

$10 General, Free for TSA Members using the code found in the January 19 e-bulletin


The facade of a five story building covered is snow and ice.

In the face of climate change, and as building codes and standards evolve to promote increased building energy efficiency and reduced carbon footprints, it is also important to ensure that buildings can withstand prolonged power outages during extreme weather events to provide habitable shelter passively. This presentation will focus on going beyond typical compliance energy modelling procedures, in order to demonstrate a new approach to guide early stages of building design to improve passive performance through time-based thermal resilience metrics. It will highlight the critical measures that need to be addressed effectively to achieve high levels of thermal autonomy and passive habitability and provide practical examples of how the methodology is applied in professional practice.

So why does passive systems performance matter, and what design measures are available to enhance thermal resilience in buildings?

Join us for this 1-hour webinar as researchers and consultants Aylin Ozkan and Ted Kesik share an overview of thermal resilience design for buildings.

  • Why Thermal Resilience Matters
  • How to Use Energy Simulation Tools to Model Thermal Resilience
  • Practical Measures for Enhancing Thermal Resilience
  • Example Applications
  • Sources of Additional Information

For more information download the Thermal Resilience Design Guide.

About the Speakers

Aylin Ozkan is an environmental and architectural design consultant, researcher and lecturer. Among other notable firms, Dr. Ozkan has worked with Kearns Mancini Architects and Perkins+Will on a variety of projects including Meadowbrook Lane Affordable Housing, IRTH Landscape Hotel and Spa, Oak Ridges Library, Northeast Scarborough Community Center and several post-secondary buildings in Ontario. Her focus is on building performance simulation, optimization of design alternatives, and support for environmental certification of projects. Aylin holds a Ph.D. in Building Science, a Master’s in Environmental Building Design and Bachelor of Architecture. She teaches Simulation, Data Visualization and Resilient Building Design at the University of Toronto. Dr. Ozkan has contributed to projects such as the development of the MURB Design Guide and Thermal Resilience Design Guide and her research continues to advance thermal resilience design practice.

Ted Kesik is a professor of building science in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto with a career focus on the integration of professional practice, research and teaching. Professor Kesik’s research interests include resilience, sustainability, durability, high performance buildings, life cycle assessment and building performance simulation. Dr. Kesik continues to practice as a consultant to leading architectural offices, forward thinking enterprises and progressive government agencies.

This technical lecture is part of the Building, Ecology, Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) Series, a collaboration of the Toronto Society of Architects and the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design bringing affordable, timely and relevant knowledge, skills and tools to the profession as we work together to address the climate crisis.

TSA MEMBERS: This event is free for TSA members using the discount code found in our January 19 e-bulletin! Not a member yet? You can join here (and student memberships are free!).

OAA MEMBERS: When registering, please include your full name as registered with the OAA to ensure your certificate of participation is credited properly. Please also include an email address you check frequently to ensure you receive our certificate in a timely manner.


This lecture is possible thanks to the generous support of: