Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change

A 21st Century Survival Guide

By

  • Sue Roaf, PhD, Professor of Architectural Engineering at Heriot Watt University where she teaches on the undergraduate courses in Architectural Engineering (http://www.undergraduate.hw.ac.uk/courses/view/K132/ ) and the new Masters Course in Architectural Engineering (http://www.sbe.hw.ac.uk/prosppgrads/aepg.htm?pane=6 ) putting into practice her commitment to teaching people from many different backgrounds about how to design truly Low Carbon Buildings. She is internationally known for her home (the Oxford Ecohouse) built with the first integrated photovoltaic roof in Britain and numerous low-energy and bioclimatic features, which are all detailed in Ecohouse: A Design Guide (3rd Edition). But in addition to her research interests she has been a tireless campaigner for improved teaching of sustainable architecture (www.oxfordconference2008.co.uk) and Carbon Accounting for Buildings (www.carboncounting.co.uk ). With Fergus Nicol, Sue has helped to promote the understanding and importance of Thermal Comfort and Passive Cooling in buildings not least through the bi-annual conferences they organize at Windsor Castle.
  • David Crichton
  • Fergus Nicol

From the bestselling author of Ecohouse, this fully revised edition of Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change provides unique insights into how we can protect our buildings, cities, infra-structures and lifestyles against risks associated with extreme weather and related social, economic and energy events.

Three new chapters present evidence of escalating rates of environmental change. The authors explore the growing urgency for mitigation and adaptation responses that deal with the resulting challenges.

  • Theoretical information sits alongside practical design guidelines, so architects, designers and planners can not only see clearly what problems they face, but also find the solutions they need, in order to respond to power and water supply needs.
  • Considers use of materials, structures, site issues and planning in order to provide design solutions.
  • Examines recent climate events in the US and UK and looks at how architecture was successful or not in preventing building damage.

Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change is an essential source, not just for architects, engineers and planners facing the challenges of designing our building for a changing climate, but also for everyone involved in their production and use.

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Audience

Primary: Student and professional architects and urban designers. Secondary: Planners and the wider construction industry

 

Book information

  • Published: September 2009
  • Imprint: ARCHITECTURAL PRESS
  • ISBN: 978-1-85617-720-7


Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Climate change - the battle begins; The evolution of buildings; Risk, scenarios and climate change; How hot will it get?; Thermal comfort ; How wet will it get?; Wind storms; Sea level rises; Vulnerability, exposure and migration; Air-conditioning ? the ultimate solution?; Tall buildings; The fossil fuel crisis; Fuel security - when will the lights go out?; The players; Resilient buildings; Adapting Buildings for climate change; Adapting Cities for climate change; Adapting Lifestyles for climate change;