Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change

2nd Edition

A 21st Century Survival Guide

Authors: Sue Roaf David Crichton Fergus Nicol
Paperback ISBN: 9781856177207
Imprint: Architectural Press
Published Date: 2nd September 2009
Page Count: 400


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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.

Key Features

  • Fully revised new edition gives practical design suggestions for combating climate change through architecture
    No nonsense approach from the bestselling author of Ecohouse
    Full colour throughout to best illustrate design in practice


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

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;


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About the Author

Sue Roaf

Sue Roaf is Professor of Architectural Engineering at Heriot Watt University and Visiting Professor at the Open University. She publishes widely on traditional; technologies, sustainable buildings, ecohouse design and adapting buildings and cities for climate change. She designed and lives in the Oxford Ecohouse, the first UK building with a photovoltaic roof and does much to promote resilient low impact buildings through the conferences she organises on Solar Cities, Carbon Counting, Architectural Education, Thermal Comfort and Post Occupancy Evaluation. She is currently co-chairing the Westminster and Scottish Carbon Accounting Groups with Colin Challen MP and Sarah Boyak MSP.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Architectural Engineering at Heriot Watt University where she teaches on the undergraduate courses in Architectural Engineering ( ) and the new Masters Course in Architectural Engineering ( ) 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 ( and Carbon Accounting for Buildings ( ). 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


About the first edition:

"A timely and fascinating book on the crucial issue of energy use in buildings which accounts for half of our total energy use."--Stephen Tindale, Executive Director, Greenpeace, UK