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Adaptation Strategies and Resilience to Climate Change of Historic Dwellings

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Higher Technical School of Building Engineering, Universidad de Sevilla, Seville 41012, Spain
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Canon Foundation, Amstelveen 1180, The Netherlands
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Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0808, Japan
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Sustainability 2015, 7(4), 3695-3713; https://doi.org/10.3390/su7043695
Received: 4 February 2015 / Revised: 24 March 2015 / Accepted: 24 March 2015 / Published: 30 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability Strategies to Adapt to Climate Change)
Historic city centres have a large amount of dwellings in Europe, which were built to provide a comfortable shelter with the absence of mechanical means. The knowledge of climate responsive design strategies can play a significant role in reducing the energy demand of extant buildings, paving the way for its sustainable development in the face of the rising threat to its occupants of climate change. The residential architecture, developed, in most cases, in dense urban centres, was built using both available materials and traditional and academic construction technologies. This paper thoroughly investigates the extant urban conglomerate in Cádiz and analyses, in a qualitative and quantitative manner, which bioclimatic design strategies were applied and the city’s adaptation for future climate scenarios. The results indicate that historic housing in Cádiz is creatively adapted to the local natural conditions by means of a combination of climate responsive strategies, and there is significant scope for improvement in the ongoing response to global warming. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate responsive building design; climate change mitigation; historic architecture; traditional building techniques; bioclimatic design climate responsive building design; climate change mitigation; historic architecture; traditional building techniques; bioclimatic design
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Rubio-Bellido, C.; Pulido-Arcas, J.A.; Cabeza-Lainez, J.M. Adaptation Strategies and Resilience to Climate Change of Historic Dwellings. Sustainability 2015, 7, 3695-3713.

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