Energy Resilient Buildings and Communities: A Practical Guide

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This book is written as a practical guide to those interested in the pursuit of energy resilience at a local scale. Energy resilience is defined as the relative ability of an institution to carry out its mission during a shock to the energy system and approach the concept on the level of a single site occupied by a single community or institution. Examples are drawn from four key community types: military bases, healthcare campuses, educational campuses, and municipal governments. The book then describes a framework for developing an energy resilience plan that applies to each. While the focus is clearly on the United States, understanding the energy resilience threat and conducting long-range energy resilience planning will benefit communities all over the globe.

Divided into three main parts, Part One describes the specific energy security threats that are facing local institutions and communities and how an energy shock can affect the mission at each of the four community types and the advantages that each will enjoy in their pursuit of energy resilience. Part Two provides concrete guidance for pursuing energy resilience at a particular institution and allows managers to assess where their institution lies on the energy resilience spectrum and plot a course toward where they would like to be. Part Three describes the three main areas of energy resilience performance: energy efficiency, on-site generation, and emergency planning. Case studies are also provided.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Part I—Energy Resilience Imperatives and Local Advantages
  • Chapter 1—Today’s Energy Challenges
  • Supply and Demand in the US Energy System
  • Water and the Energy System
  • Energy Infrastructure
  • Climate Change
  • System Vulnerabilities to Sabotage
  • Chapter 2—Local Energy Resilience
  • Energy Resilience vs. Energy Independence
  • The Importance of Local Energy Resilience
  • Finding a Place on the Energy Resilience Spectrum
  • Energy Resilience in Our Four Community Types
  • Part II—Energy Resilience Management
  • Chapter 3—Institutional Planning for Energy Resilience
  • Identify/Convene Stakeholders
  • Form Leadership Team
  • Develop An Energy Vision
  • Develop An Energy Resilience Baseline
  • Develop Specific Goals
  • Evaluate and Rank Programs
  • Explore Funding Sources
  • Compile the Plan
  • Measurement, Verification and Plan Alterations
  • Chapter 4—Energy Resilience Maturity Model
  • Goals
  • Strategy
  • Project Financing
  • People and Maintenance
  • Efficiency Technology
  • Energy Generation
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Purchasing
  • Information Management
  • Part III—Energy Resilience Performance Areas
  • Chapter 5—Energy Efficiency Approaches
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation
  • Tailoring Demand Reduction to Meet Resilience Goals
  • Continuous Energy Performance Improvement
  • Practical Solutions for Energy Planning
  • Chapter 6—Community Energy Generation
  • Drives for Distributed Generation
  • Evaluating Your Power Needs
  • Technology Overviews
  • Microgrids
  • Chapter 7—Planning for an Energy Emergency
  • Risk Assessment
  • The Four Phases of Emergency Management
  • Mitigation
  • Preparation
  • Response
  • Recovery
  • Conclusion
  • Conclusion
  • Citations
  • Index


Brian Levite and Alex Rakow
e-ISBN: 9788770223232