Climate Adaptation: The future of extra-care housing for the elderly in the United Kingdom.

Greg Keeffe, Ian McHugh

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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 effects of climate change in the distant future (2080) on a vulnerable group such as older people with special needs and see how architectural design strategies and technologies may be used today to help mitigate problems ahead caused by climate change.
    Older people are the most vulnerable sector of society and are particularly at risk in extreme weather, either excess cold in winter or continual high temperatures in summer. In the UK it is predicted that average temperatures may rise by as much as 8 degrees in Summer by 2080 and there will be a 20% greater chance of extreme weather events. This will place extreme stress on the building stock which is designed for today’s mild maritime climate.
    The project took a current proposal for an extra-care home for the elderly designed to 2010 regulations and developed a road map to 2080 using climate models developed by the UK Meteorological Office. This allowed the current design to be assessed using future climatic data, proposals for improvement of the scheme to be made within existing constraints and also a new scheme to be developed from first principals using this data, and projections of new technologies that will be available. By comparing these schemes, the approach allowed a reassessment of the initial scheme, and allowed a new design to be developed that offered a more flexible solution incorporating future retrofit which allows new renewable technologies for heating, cooling and water storage to be added at a later date.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2011 Helsinki World Sustainable Building Conference
    EditorsHuovila Huovila
    Place of PublicationHelsinki
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)978 951 758 531 6
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
    EventWorld Sustainable Building Conference - Helsinki, Finland
    Duration: 01 Oct 201101 Oct 2011


    ConferenceWorld Sustainable Building Conference

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    ISSN: 978-951-758-531-6

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