Special Issue "Climate Change Conscious Building and Urban Design"

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2016)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Chengzhi Peng

School of Architecure, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
Interests: advanced simulation for design with future climate; urban microclimate modelling; building performance modelling; uncertainty in computer models; design of adaptive kinetic environments and sustainability; mixed reality modelling of adaptive thermal comfort

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change inaction remains entrenched in many parts of the world. In England, for instance, the Climate Change Committee warned recently that premature deaths from overheating could triple to 7000 per year by the 2050s if new homes and public buildings continue being designed and constructed with past climate in mind, without regard to the impact of rising temperatures on an aging population. The realisation of building and urban projects contributing to sustainable climate change adaptation depends on a capacity for synthesizing different kinds of knowledge and tools—knowing what to do and how to do it.

The current trend of climate inaction might be tackled if more local communities are enabled to foresee the benefits of building local resilience to climate change impacts on well-being and economy through well-conceived adaptive buildings and urban neighbourhoods.

Papers are invited for this Special Issue of the Journal Buildings, which focuses on issues relating to climate change conscious building and urban design, including: (a) Generation of site-specific weather data as inputs to the design processes; (b) current gaps or barriers of applying scientific research on climate change to the sustainable building and urban design processes; (c) the links among urban microclimate modelling, building environmental simulation and climate change projections required to enable site-specific design with future climate; and (d) quantifying and visualising uncertainties in complex multi-scale environmental modelling and simulations for public understanding of climate change conscious design.

Dr. Chengzhi Peng
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • climate change projections
  • urban microclimate models
  • future weather data generators
  • site-specific building and urban adaption design
  • climate change conscious building and urban design
  • interaction of urban microclimate and building climate

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Open AccessArticle City and Building Designers, and Climate Adaptation
Received: 6 June 2016 / Revised: 12 July 2016 / Accepted: 25 July 2016 / Published: 28 July 2016
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For cities, climate change is a major concern due to its severe impacts and its inherent complexity. City and building designers could be pivotal actors, but have yet to fully take on this role. Research can support adaptation action through greater collaboration with
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For cities, climate change is a major concern due to its severe impacts and its inherent complexity. City and building designers could be pivotal actors, but have yet to fully take on this role. Research can support adaptation action through greater collaboration with practitioners and a better understanding of their knowledge and practices. This paper presents results from a research project undertaken in Toulouse (France) last year. Urban practitioners were consulted through an online survey and observed in action during two design workshops. The findings highlight: (i) the hidden knowledge within design practice; (ii) the importance of providing designers with solution-focused and form-giving data; and (iii) the potential offered by design constraints to trigger changes in the practices of professionals. Full article
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