Dangers of Climate Change

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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.

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