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Effects of climate change on the built environment


  • Roberts, Simon


New buildings will have to be designed to cope with the effects of climate change. These include warmer weather in which keeping cool will be important, more extreme and wet weather, and increased subsidence risk. Flood risk areas will increase, requiring measures for both resistance for initial protection and resilience for rapid recovering. At the same time, new buildings must use less fossil fuel in a low or zero-carbon world. Homes, offices, schools and other buildings will need to maximise passive measures of more effective insulation, improved airtightness and greater thermal mass. They will also need to make more use of solar energy and other renewable inputs. New buildings will incorporate a range of new technologies to reduce their energy use, and to cut the energy needed to build them, including the embodied energy in the materials they contain.

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  • Roberts, Simon, 2008. "Effects of climate change on the built environment," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(12), pages 4552-4557, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:36:y:2008:i:12:p:4552-4557

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    1. Roberts, Simon, 2008. "Altering existing buildings in the UK," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(12), pages 4482-4486, December.
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    3. Pacheco, Miguel & Lamberts, Roberto, 2013. "Assessment of technical and economical viability for large-scale conversion of single family residential buildings into zero energy buildings in Brazil: Climatic and cultural considerations," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 716-725.
    4. Roberts, Simon, 2008. "Altering existing buildings in the UK," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(12), pages 4482-4486, December.
    5. World Bank, 2017. "Brazil’s INDC Restoration and Reforestation Target," World Bank Other Operational Studies 28588, The World Bank.


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