Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change, Second Edition: A 21st Century Survival Guide

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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.



* 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

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'Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change' is an essential reference work for all involved in the design and management of buildings and cities in a rapidly changing climate, at a time when we can no longer rely on cheap fossil fuel energy. Unless building design is improved, climatic events such as storms, floods and heatwaves will increasingly damage buildings and cities, and the economies and societies that rely on them.

Modern building materials and lifestyles require massive amounts of energy. Increased pressure to build robust, resilient and low carbon buildings from governments, insurers and users alike will pose huge challenges for the whole building industry. Architects and engineers are increasingly becoming vulnerable to professional negligence actions as insurance cover is withdrawn from vulnerable, exposed buildings. Architects and engineers are also at the forefront of the revolution underway in the demand and supply of energy and settlement planning and the economic turmoil in global markets.

This fully revised second edition includes three new chapters which present evidence of escalating rates of environmental change. They examine possible mitigation and adaptation responses that begin to deal with the resulting challenge of how to protect our buildings, cities and lifestyles against the risks of extreme weather, as fuel prices and energy insecurity rise.

By the bestselling author of Ecohouse, 'Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change' presents a provocative examination of climate change issues and provides design solutions for everyone involved in the production and use of buildings - which is all of us.

About the Author:

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.

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