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Bill Gething and Katie Puckett - Design for Climate Change
As climate continues to change at an unprecedented rate, and the built environment and construction contribute significantly to carbon emissions and energy use, adaptation will be critically important to ensure continued performance and thermal comfort for occupants.
‘Design for Climate Change’, written by leading climate change architect Bill Gething and journalist Katie Puckett, provides a useful and informative framework for addressing the challenges, both technical and professional, of adapting to the changing climate.
Aimed at students, architects and other building designers, with the intention of demystifying a complex field, the book was funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). It draws on lessons from 26 real-world projects that sought to investigate different approaches to sustainable adaptation.
The book addresses: how the current building stock will perform in hotter summers and with more extreme weather conditions; how designs can be future-proofed; how challenges and potential solutions can be communicated by developers to clients; and what adaptation might mean for project costs.
The book examines thermal comfort and defines overheating, as well as steps taken to control both internal and external heat gains. It considers the various cooling strategies that can be adopted, from ventilation to the use of planting and landscape, and green walls.
There is also a useful chapter on designing for construction, with a particularly good double-page spread on different types of façade systems and their respective temperature effects depending on weather conditions.
Throughout, the book is written in an accessible style with many well-presented graphs, images and illustrations. Many of these are used to explain a variety of design and modelling tools, which are helpfully reviewed in terms of their application on the case studies cited. In the future, the book may benefit from an update to address the potential that BIM could have for modelling sustainable design solutions.
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