The Built Environment in a Changing Climate

Interactions, Challenges and Perspectives

Edited by
December 2021
234 pages
  • ISBN978-3-0365-2356-9 (Hardback)
  • ISBN978-3-0365-2355-2 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue The Built Environment in a Changing Climate: Interactions, Challenges and Perspectives that was published in

Environmental & Earth Sciences

The papers included in this Special Issue tackle multiple aspects of how cities, districts, and buildings could evolve along with climate change and how this would impact our way of conceiving and applying design criteria, policies, and urban plans. Despite the multidisciplinary nature of the collection, some transversal take-home messages emerge: • Today’s energy-efficient paradigms may lose their virtuosity in the future unless accurate estimates of future scenarios are used to design modelling platforms and to inform legislative frameworks; • Acting at the local scale is key. Future climate change adaptation will be implemented at the local level. Overlooking regional and local specificities will contribute to inaccurate and inefficient action plans. As such, the smaller scale will become vital in predicting future urban metabolic rates and corresponding comfort-driven strategies; • Energy poverty, heat vulnerability, and social injustice are emerging as critical factors for planning and acting for future-proof cities on par of micro- and meso-climatological factors; • Given that the impacts of climate change will persist for many years, adaptation to this phenomenon should be prioritized by removing any prominent barrier and by enabling combinations of different mitigation technologies. These topics will receive a global reach in few decades, since also developing and underdeveloped countries are starting their fight against local climate change, with cities at the forefront.

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outdoor space; thermal environment; radiation environment; wind environment; heat-related mortality; built environment; urban resilience; extreme heat; climate change; urban heat island; heat stress from outside; indoor environments; tropics; multi-level office buildings; urban heat island; coastal cities; Mediterranean climate; urban heat island intensity; sample year; climate change adaptation; barriers; focus group discussion; Tehran; structural equation modeling; urban management; climate change; near-zero energy buildings; future scenarios; energy efficiency; adaptive comfort; long-term performance; urban heat; Australia; UHI effect; mitigation; climate change; bushfire smoke; indoor air quality; filtration; building envelope; energy; climate change; future weather data; building energy performance; thermal comfort; statistical downscaling of climate models; dynamical downscaling of climate models; urban modelling; urban heat island; cities; buildings; energy efficiency; decarbonization; urbanisation; climate; cities; densification; mitigation; population; temperature; n/a