Dangers of Climate Change

Profitable Places

Adapting to the Dangers of Climate Change

Continuing from our email last week, we take another look at the NBS’ 2014 report on sustainability and focus on how buildings and building design need to adapt to climate change.

Prof. Bill Gething highlights how climate change is now a real and recognized phenomenon with effects impacting ‘current extreme weather events.’


NBS 2014 Report

‘‘The evidence of human induced climate change continues to strengthen and impacts are increasing across the country.’’

- The US National Climate Assessment

Extreme conditions such as summer overheating, flooding and droughts need to be taken into consideration by building designers as clients expect their buildings to last for ten, fifty or a hundred years.

 

  
Council House 2 - Melbourne
 

The ‘Council House 2’ in Melbourne is described as a ‘lighthouse project’ meant to influence future design to be more sustainable.


But to what degree should designers adapt their designs to meet climate change?

And what incentive is there to do so when there are no regulations imposing such changes?

The Cost

The cost of implementing these changes may be passed onto the client – who may only hold short term interest in the property until it is sold. Indeed it may be the buyer who benefits from the design changes – without paying for them.

Why then would a client ever agree to such design changes unless they and their buyers had a clear and deep understanding of climate change and the need to prepare for the future?


The Future

The uncertainty of climate change allows for acknowledgement of the issue – but with no incentive to impose immediate regulations.

It becomesthe duty therefore, for building designers to develop their understanding of climate change – and to ensure their clients are equally aware.



You can read the full NBS report by following the link below:
 
http://www.thenbs.com/pdfs/NBS-Sustainability-Report-2014.pdf
 

If you missed last week's email, you can find it here
We'll have more information for you next week.
 
 
Call us to learn more about the benefits & costs of using
Integrated Design for your next Low Energy Building.
Send us your drawings for comments & prices, or visit our works.


Timber Frame – SIP Frame – Post & Beam – CLT  Glulam – Hybrids – Traditional Feature Trusses
 


The Benfield ATT Group

"Technical Timber Frame Designers & Builders of UK's 1st Amphibious House"

Benfield ATT Group  5-6 Castle Way, Caldicot, Monmouthshire NP26 5YG
  
Follow us on Twitter
Join us on Facebook
Watch us on Youtube Join us on LinkedIn
 
info@BenfieldATTgroup.co.uk www.BenfieldATTgroup.co.uk
  If you wish to stop receiving informational emails from us please click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of this email.
 
 

Log Cabins, Garden Rooms and Garden Offices Solid Timber Self Assembly Modular System Building News Articles Products Help and Advice Home Offices - Regal Garden Offices by Benfield ATT design, engineering, extensions, conversions, new builds, panels, sips and i-beams by simply self build Surveys, Assesments, Design & Engineering, Eco specifications, Project management by TimberTecs Timber Frame House Estate Agents
Cost Calculators Information Centre

Get inspiration for your own Timber Frame Designs by browsing our Galleries below

Design Centre
Timber Frame Specification