Status of current research on the implication of climate change on built environment

  • YEAR
    2007
  • AUTHORS
    Guan, Lisa
  • CATEGORIES
    2007 Conference Papers
    Indicators of sustainable development: space, energy, water, waste

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Abstract: The cyclical interaction between climate change and building performance is of dynamic
nature and both elements are essentially the cause and the effect of each other. On one hand,
buildings contribute significantly to the global warming process. On the other hand, climate change is
also expected to impact on many aspects of building performance. In this paper, the status of current
research on the implication of climate change on built environment is reviewed. It is found that although
present investigation has covered broad areas of research, these studies are generally only limited to
the qualitative analyses. It is also highlighted that, although it is widely realized that reducing
greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector is very important, the adoption of a complementary
adaptation strategy to prepare the building for a range of climate change scenarios is also necessary.
Due to the lack of holistic approach to generate future hourly weather data, various approaches have
been used to generate different key weather variables. This ad hoc situation has seriously hindered the
application of building simulation techniques to the climate change impact studies, in particular, in
providing quantitative information for policy and design development.

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