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Buildings 2014, 4(4), 661-682; doi:10.3390/buildings4040661

IDEAhaus: A Modular Approach to Climate Resilient UK Housing

Architecture at Queens, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queens University Belfast, Belfast BT9 5AG, UK
Green Triangle Studio, 134 Sandy Lane, Manchester M21 8TZ, UK
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Received: 27 May 2014 / Revised: 16 September 2014 / Accepted: 23 September 2014 / Published: 29 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Low Carbon Housing Design: Selected Papers from 2013 PLEA Conference)
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This paper describes the result of a project to develop climate adaptation design strategies funded by the UK’s Technology Strategy Board. The aim of the project was to look at the threats and opportunities presented by industrialized and house-building techniques in the light of predicted future increases in flooding and overheating due to anthropogenic climate change. The paper shows that the thermal performance of houses built to the current UK Building Regulations is not adequate to cope with changing weather patterns, and in light of this, develops a detailed design for a new house: one that is industrially produced and climatically resilient, but affordable. This detailed concept IDEAhaus of a modular house is not only flood-proof to a water depth of 750 mm, but also is designed to utilize passive cooling, which dramatically reduces the amount of overheating, both now and in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change adaptation; thermal comfort; passive cooling; flood resilience; industrialised housing; mass customization climate change adaptation; thermal comfort; passive cooling; flood resilience; industrialised housing; mass customization

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Keeffe, G.; McHugh, I. IDEAhaus: A Modular Approach to Climate Resilient UK Housing. Buildings 2014, 4, 661-682.

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