IDEAhaus: A Modular Approach to Climate Resilient UK Housing

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 threats and opportunities presented by industrialized and house-building techniques in the light of predicted future increases in flooding and overheating due to anthropogenic climate change. The paper shows that the thermal performance of houses built to the current UK Building Regulations is not adequate to cope with changing weather patterns, and in light of this, develops a detailed design for a new house: one that is industrially produced and climatically resilient, but affordable. This detailed concept IDEAhaus of a modular house is not only flood-proof to a water depth of 750 mm, but also is designed to utilize passive cooling, which dramatically reduces the amount of overheating, both now and in the future.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)661-682
    Number of pages22
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2014


    • resilience
    • Housing


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