Researcher Announcement

HARC Research Staff Releases New Online Resource for Homeowners

Posting Date: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

In partnership Texas’s State Energy Conservation Office, this online tool serves home owners as a resource to maintain, build, or renovate homes to increase energy efficiency and sustainability.

Passive survivability is a measure of a building’s ability to maintain life-support functions in the event of an emergency situation or natural disaster such as a hurricane, high wind, or
flood event. In emergency situations, it is critical for residential dwellings to provide healthy indoor air quality, adequate natural light, sanitary indoor plumbing, a livable indoor temperature, and a water supply despite loss of water, power, or sewer services. Passive survivability practices include natural ventilation, high levels of insulation, high performance building envelopes, landscaping and natural daylight. Passive survivability can improve efficiency and comfort of a building, as well as make the residence more resilient.

The Residential Passive Survivability guide is designed for Texas residents to identify passive survivability strategies applicable to your housing situation. In this guide passive survivability strategies are grouped by:

  1. Easily implemented low cost solutions
  2. Practices to be considered during renovation
  3. Options for the design phase of residential construction projects.