Real estate resilience is the ability of a facility to adapt to and withstand disturbances while retraining the same basic structure, function, and self-regulation. Resilience includes the capacity of an asset to adapt, adjust, withstand, and recover from various external forces, including global climate change.

Partner Energy’s Resiliency Assessments utilize the property’s historical data and regional climate data to identify risks from climate change, natural disasters and man-made impacts. We also consider the specific client’s risk tolerance and investment objective in order to make targeted recommendations that are based on factors such as asset hold period. The result of the assessment is an inventory of potential risks, list of property specific recommendations for risk mitigation measures, as well as cost and savings calculations.

Risk factors are assessed on a regional and site-specific level and may include:

  • Climate Change and Natural Disaster Factor Examples:
    • Fire
    • Flooding and Sea Level Rise
    • Earthquake
    • Pests
    • Extreme Temperatures
    • Disease Outbreak
    • Precipitation and Storms
    • Volcanic Activities
    • Tornadoes
    • Avalanche and Landslides
    • High Winds
    • Hail
    • Lightning
    • Drought
    • Biodiversity Habitat
  • Man-Made Impact Factor Examples:
Risk Factor Mitigation Measure Example
High Winds
  • Install fasteners on all rooftop equipment to prevent lift during high winds.
  • Replace windows with impact resistant glass.
Wildfire
  • Remove dead and dry plant material from site. Install wildfire control lines (vegetation clearings).
  • Install a wildfire defense system (may include water tanks and/or fire suppression foam/gels).
Hail
  • Install hail guard on roof-top HVAC equipment to prevent hail damage.
Precipitation and Storms
  • Install risers to lift mechanical equipment a minimum of 18 inches above grade, preventing water inundation in a flooding situation.
  • Regrade parking area to provide a minimum of 2% slope away from building foundation.
  • Upsize catch basins and stormwater drainage system to accommodate 15-30% more storm water volume.
Sea-level rise
  • Install permanent flooding barriers at perimeter of site to surge waters.
  • Stockpile additional temporary water barriers, such as concrete barriers and/or sandbags for acute flooding events.
  • Relocate energy generators and mechanical equipment from basement to above grade location.
Earthquake
  • For buildings with tuck-under car ports, complete seismic assessment to determine ability to withstand earthquake; seismic retrofitting may be necessary.
Disease outbreak
  • Install minimum MERV 14 air filters and/or HEPA filters.
  • Install UV-C duct/air disinfection system, increase outside air exchange rate.
Extreme Temperature
  • Complete energy efficiency audit and retro commissioning to identify opportunities to reduce energy demand and mitigate peak demand.
  • Install cool roof.
  • Install building automation system (BAS) and optimize sequence of operations.
  • Topcoat parking lot with high solar reflectance index (SRI)/light-colored coating to reduce heat island effect.

Partner Energy’s deep knowledge of building science, real estate, and sustainability allow us to deliver concrete and actionable resiliency recommendations that provide improvements or upgrades to the asset. We also regularly develop custom resiliency assessment protocols to meet the individual needs of clients.

Our Resiliency Assessments can be ordered as a standalone service or as an add-on to Property/Facility Condition Assessments, Energy and Water Audit, or Environmental Site Assessment. Learn more about our Integrated Property Report for ESG.

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