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  • PublisherCIBSE
  • Product CodeTM36
  • Number of pages61
  • Publication DateOct 2005
  • ISBN9781903287507

TM36: Climate Change & the Indoor Environment: Impacts & Adaptation

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TM36: Climate Change & the Indoor Environment: Impacts & Adaptation

There is compelling scientific evidence that our climate is changing, and it is probable that average temperatures will increase by several degrees over the coming century. These increases in temperature are expected to have a major impact on the indoor environment of buildings in the UK. Key questions are:

  • To what extent will climate change increase the occurrence of summertime thermal discomfort and overheating in different types of UK buildings?
  • To what extent will passive measures be able to improve summertime thermal comfort and ameliorate the increased tendency for overheating?
  • How effective will different approaches to comfort cooling be under the changing climate?
  • What are the energy use implications of the various strategies?

This publication addresses these questions through dynamic thermal computer modelling of 13 case study buildings, chosen to provide a cross section of UK building types, including dwellings, schools and offices, and illustrate a range of different approaches to comfort cooling provision.

Contents:
 

  1. Introduction
  2. The Climate Scenarios
  3. Performance Indicators
  4. What does the future look like?
  5. Case Studies: Detailed Assessment of existing building types
  6. Adaption Strategies
  7. Conclusions
  8. References
  9. Annex: Data Sheets for Case Studies


Acknowledgements
Principal authors: Dr Jacob Hacker (Arup); Prof. Michael Holmes (Arup); Prof. Stephen Belcher (Arup and University of Reading); Dr Gavin Davies (Arup)

Arup Project Team
Project Director: Dr Gavin Davies
Project Manager: Dr Jacob Hacker
Thermal modelling: Prof. Michael Holmes; Dr Jacob Hacker; Michael Edwards
Climate scenarios: Prof. Stephen Belcher; Dr Jacob Hacker; Daniel Powell

Task Group
Chair: Prof. Brian Moss (CIBSE)
Members: Martin Best (Hadley Centre, Met Office); Dr Richenda Connell (UK Climate Impacts Programme); Dr Hywel Davies (CIBSE); Dr Chris Gordon (Hadley Centre, Met Office); Hilary Graves (Building Research Establishment); Prof. Vic Hanby (Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development, De Montfort University); George Henderson (WS Atkins on behalf of DTI); Dr Gary Hunt (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College); Prof. Susan Roaf (Department of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University); Edward Williams (Hopkins Architects); Dr Clare Goodess (Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia)