Climate change, insurance, and the buildings sector: Technological synergisms between adaptation and mitigation

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Examining the intersection of risk analysis and sustainable energy strategies reveals numerous examples of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies that offer insurance loss-prevention benefits. The growing threat of climate change provides an added motivation for the risk community to better understand this area of opportunity. While analyses of climate change mitigation typically focus on the emissions-reduction characteristics of sustainable energy technologies, less often recognized are a host of synergistic ways in which these technologies also offer adaptation benefits, e.g. making buildings more resilient to natural disasters. While there is already some relevant activity, there remain various barriers to significantly ... continued below

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Mills, Evan November 1, 2002.

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Examining the intersection of risk analysis and sustainable energy strategies reveals numerous examples of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies that offer insurance loss-prevention benefits. The growing threat of climate change provides an added motivation for the risk community to better understand this area of opportunity. While analyses of climate change mitigation typically focus on the emissions-reduction characteristics of sustainable energy technologies, less often recognized are a host of synergistic ways in which these technologies also offer adaptation benefits, e.g. making buildings more resilient to natural disasters. While there is already some relevant activity, there remain various barriers to significantly expanding these efforts. Achieving successful integration of sustainable energy considerations with risk-management objectives requires a more proactive orientation, and coordination among diverse actors and industry groups.

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  • Journal Name: Building Research and Information; Journal Volume: 31; Journal Issue: 3-4; Other Information: Journal Publication Date: May-Aug. 2003

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  • Report No.: LBNL--50967
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  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 821635
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Mills, Evan. Climate change, insurance, and the buildings sector: Technological synergisms between adaptation and mitigation, article, November 1, 2002; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc785965/: accessed April 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.