Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change

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Routledge, Oct 26, 2009 - Architecture - 400 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

the battle begins
1
2 Risk scenarios and insurance
32
3 How hot will it get?
51
4 How wet will it get?
76
5 Windstorms
104
6 Sea level rises
118
7 Vulnerability exposure and migration
134
8 Health implications of climate change
143
11 The failure of modern buildings
205
12 The end of the age of tall buildings
237
13 The fossil fuel crisis
266
when will the lights go out?
289
15 The players
313
16 Designing buildings and cities for 3C of climate change
344
List of abbreviations
369
Index
373

9 Climate change and thermal comfort
158
10 The adaptive potential of traditional buildings and cities
179

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