Climate change: impact on the environmental design of buildings

Pretlove, S. E. C. and Oreszczyn, T. (1998) Climate change: impact on the environmental design of buildings. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 19 (1). pp. 55-58. ISSN 0143-6244

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Buildings are designed for a specific climate yet they often have a lifetime of 100 years. Climate change may require a building to operate over a range of climatic conditions as a result of the impact of global warming. This effect is compounded by the fact that much of the climatic data currently used for design purposes is some 30 years old. This paper investigates the impact that climate change over the last two decades may have on the design and performance of buildings by examining the specific impact that changes in temperature and solar radiation have had on one particular design variable, energy use. The results indicate that the temperature and solar radiation in the London region of the UK has changed significantly in the last 15 years and that the climatic data currently being used for energy design calculations leads to inaccuracies in predictions of energy use. It is concluded that the climatic data used in these calculations should be urgently reviewed as it may be leading designers to adopt solutions which will be inappropriate for future use.

Keywords:Climate Change, Environmental Design, Energy
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K210 Building Technology
F Physical Sciences > F330 Environmental Physics
H Engineering > H223 Environmental Impact Assessment
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K130 Architectural Technology
H Engineering > H220 Environmental Engineering
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:26803
Deposited On:07 Apr 2017 08:27

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