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The construction industry is already working to make buildings more energy efficient, reducing green house gas emissions to limit their effect on the future climate (known as mitigation). However, the industry has been slower to recognise that some changes to our climate cannot be avoided; that these changes will have a significant impact on how our buildings will perform; and that, depending on the success of our global mitigation strategies, much more significant changes are likely in the second half of the century which will have a correspondingly greater effect. Clearly, we will need to change the way we design, construct, upgrade and occupy buildings to accommodate the expected changes: the challenge of adaptation represents a fundamental change in the way we think about design, changing from approaches that are based on past experience to those that are based on calculated projections of future climate.

The Technology Strategy Board of Innovate UK has developed this report in order to assist the construction sector to construct buildings that are energy efficient and resilient towards flooding, heat and drought. The report describes the main climate change impacts on buildings and demonstrates studies, projects and initiatives on climate proof building designs. The report concludes that the construction industry is requesting government to develop a coherent framework to enable design teams to develop and test new and holistic adaptation strategies.

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Published in Climate-ADAPT Jun 07 2016   -   Last Modified in Climate-ADAPT Sep 10 2022

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