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Design for Climate Change
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
Date Published: Feb 2013
Stock Code: 77532
Total votes: 10
Climate change is a pressing concern for the construction sector. Building designers are already on the front line of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid catastrophic climate change, meeting increasingly tough standards and regulations on new developments and refurbishments.
Now they must rise to a parallel challenge: helping society adapt to a climate that is already changing, and which will to continue to change for many years to come. Our built environment, and the way buildings are designed, constructed and managed, has evolved in response to a climate that has been broadly consistent for hundreds of years. That climate is changing at an unprecedented rate and, within a generation, our buildings may have to cope under very different conditions.
• How will today’s buildings perform in hotter summers and with more frequent storms, floods and droughts?
• How can designs be future-proofed and existing buildings preserved, and at what cost? • How should designers, contractors and suppliers adapt their skills and services to seize the initiative – and a important business opportunity?
• And how can they communicate the challenges and potential solutions to their clients?
Tailored to architects and other building designers, Design for Climate Change answers these questions and more. Drawing on the lessons from the first 26 real-world projects funded by the Technology Strategy Board to investigate approaches to adaptation, it is packed with invaluable insights, practical advice and clear, concise explanations, brought to life throughout the book with graphics and images.
Leading climate change architect Bill Gething (writing with journalist Katie Puckett) cuts to the heart of the issues, demystifying a complex field and equipping readers with a framework for addressing the technical and professional challenges that adapting to the changing climate presents.
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‘An important and timely guide’ – Paul King, CEO of UK Green Building Council Already garnering high-praise from luminaries...
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Alan Shingler, Partner Head of Sustainability, Sheppard Robson
"Whilst we can only predict the consequences of climate change there is no debate that our built environment will need to adapt. Whilst most publications focus on climate change mitigation few address the issues associated to climate change adaptation. Good design which considers the impact of climate change is essential to ensuring robust, resilient buildings that do not become obsolete. This book, ‘tailored to architects’ equips the reader to ‘future proof’ design & make a positive contribution to our environment."
Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director, Forum for the Future
“On climate change, the contrast between what is happening in the physical world and what is happening in the political world couldn’t be greater. This timely book helps bridge that gap with both practicality and creativity.”
Hattie Hartman, Sustainability Editor, The Architects' Journal
"This book is about sustainability in extremis. Let’s face it. Sooner rather than later, buildings both old and new will be forced to adapt to climate change. But what does this really mean in practice? Within these pages, Gething + Puckett provide the first detailed road map to uncharted territory that most designers have yet even to contemplate. Drawing on 24 case studies ranging from Bauman Lyons Architects refurbishment of an art college in Doncaster to ZedFactory’s PortZed in Brighton, the book cherry picks strategies that have been roadtested on live projects. If you want to know where sustainable design is headed, read this book."
Sofie Pelsmakers, author of The Environmental Design Pocketbook
“This is an essential guide for anyone involved today in designing and procuring sustainable buildings which aim to perform robustly in a future changing climate. Accessibly written and well-illustrated, it makes a compelling case for adaptation design, while acknowledging the challenges of responding to an uncertain future – and that one solution does not fit all.”
Sunand Prasad PPRIBA, Senior Partner, Penoyre & Prasad
"The state of the art of preparing buildings to deal with hitherto rare weather and ground conditions caused by an inevitably changing global climate. An extremely timely and important guide to what architects, design teams and their clients will need to address as a matter of course in the coming years and decades."
Pooran Desai, OBE, Co-founder, BioRegional and One Planet Communities
"We are only just learning how to deal with a changing climate and the uncertainties it brings. This in-depth and information rich review is an extremely valuable reference point for the design and construction industry. Discussing strategies from design to behaviour change, it is an important foundation stone on which we will build the knowledge and experience for resilient solutions."
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