How Hot is Too Hot: Is Your Building Ready for Climate Change? (In-Person)


About this presentation:

Climate change effects are producing dangerously overheated buildings, placing both a burden and a responsibility on the building industry. In this presentation, RDH will explain why buildings are becoming dangerously overheated, how heat waves impact building occupants, and why cooling alone will not be enough to ensure the safety of building occupants. Attendees will learn how building design, location, shading, and regulation of internal heat gains impact overheating risks, and how heat pumps can help people survive and reduce emissions. The rapid changes in various standards used to assess comfort will be discussed in addition to energy code provisions that impact building design decisions in the Seattle area.

Join us in-person for this presentation in our new space at our Seattle office location! Refreshments will be provided.

After attending this event, you'll be able to:

  1. Explain why climate change will cause heat waves to continue in frequency and intensity.
  2. Describe the danger that heat waves pose for the occupants of multifamily buildings.
  3. Explain why air conditioning will not be sufficient for building occupants to survive the dangerous heat waves resulting from climate change.
  4. Identify the current standards that apply to the cooling of buildings and what standards might be set in the future due to a rapidly changing climate.
  5. Explain the importance of low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and what low-GWP refrigerants will be available by 2025.


  • Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2022
  • Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Location: 2101 N. 34th St., Seattle, WA 98103 (please use our new street entrance on 34th St.)
  • Format: In-person live event 
  • Audience: Architects, building developers, and other industry professionals interested in designing and retrofitting buildings to better serve their occupants.

Continuing Education Credits:

This presentation is pending approval for continuing education credit.