Characterising the response of buildings to climate change: The issue of overheating

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Many buildings currently demonstrate levels of overheating close to the maximum allowed by the building regulations of the countries in which they are located. Therefore there is the potential that such buildings will clearly breach the regulations under the climatic conditions predicted as a result of climate change. To examine the problem, weather files indicative of possible future climate were created and applied to a variety of buildings. Using numerous combinations of buildings and weather scenarios, the modeling demonstrated that the projected levels of climate change engender a linear response in the internal temperature of the buildings. The resultant constant of proportionality that this implies has been termed the ‘climate change amplification coefficient’. This paper demon- strates that optimization of the climate change amplification coefficient during the design process of a new building will promote the adaptation of architectural design to the effects of climate change and thereby improve resilience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCities and the urgent challenges of climate change
Subtitle of host publicationIntroduction.
PublisherWorld Bank
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-8213-8667-5
ISBN (Print)978-0-8213-8493-0
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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