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Design for Climate Change

Bill Gething and Katie Puckett

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 192

  • Publisher: RIBA Publishing

  • Date Published: Feb 2013

  • Stock Code: 77532

  • ISBN: 9781859464489

  • Binding: Paperback

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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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About the Author

Bill Gething

Bill Gething is an independent sustainability and architectural consultant, having been a long-standing partner of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, with whom he retains close ties. He is visiting professor at the University of Bath, a member of BRE Global’s Governing Body and a CABE Built Environment Expert . He was the sustainability adviser to the president of the RIBA from 2003 – 2009, and a member of its Climate Change Board, responsible for developing the Institute’s suite of Climate Change Guides. He produced the Green Overlay to the RIBA Outline Plan of Work in 2011 and is chairing a pan-industry workgroup for the  Zero Carbon Hub focused on narrowing the performance gap of new housing.

Katie Puckett

Katie Puckett is a freelance journalist with more than ten years’ experience of writing and editing for a range of business titles. As a former features editor on Building magazine, she specialises in construction, architecture and property, but also writes regularly on sustainability, insurance and IT.

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