CIBSE TM55 Design for Future Climate – Case studies is now available online as a free download here: https://www.cibseknowledgeportal.co.uk/component/dynamicdatabase/?layout=publication&revision_id=2515&st=tm55
Also available for free online is the new CIBSE publication ‘Probabilistic Climate Profiles - The effective use of climate projections in building design’ ...
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The Adaptation Sub-Committee has issued a call for evidence to identify relevant published information which will feed into the evidence report on the UK’s climate risks and opportunities.
The evidence report will be published in July 2016 and will inform the Government’s Climate Change Risk Assessment report, planned for January 2017. This will in turn inform the next National...
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National Building Specification (NBS), part of the RIBA Enterprises, has produced guidance on adaptation in buildings for architects and technicians developing building specifications. It covers flood risk, water efficiency, overheating, subsidence and wind. The principles will be integrated into NBS’s specification tools as they are updated. The articles can be found on the NBS website ...
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The presentations from last week's 'Building a Resilient Future' conference are available from the links below:
Person and presentation title
Outline of agenda for the day
Robin Nicholson, Cullinan Studio
“ Chair’s welcome ”
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The most forward thinking minds in the field of climate change gathered in London this week to assess ‘the state of the nation' and to highlight best practice in integrating adaptation and resilience into built environment projects.
Find out more about the event hosted by the Technology Strategy Board and the projects showcased, see photos, watch videos and join the Twitter chat ...
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With flooding in the media spotlight and climate change the subject of heated debate, a new JRF study< http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/climate-change-and-social-justice-evidence-review > highlights the concept of climate justice.
The report reviews evidence on which people and places are most vulnerable to climate change in the UK, and whether policy and practice responses have...
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The London Climate Change Partnership launched two new fact sheets to provide guidance for busy housing professionals about the importance of integrating adaptation features within all retrofit projects.
‘ The Business Case: Incorporating adaptation measures in retrofits ’ outlines the financial case for adaptation – including a breakdown of costs and benefits, as well as...
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Date: Wednesday 26th February 2014
Location: London, Victoria
Timings: 9.00am-5.00pm (main event) 5.00pm-7.00pm (exhibition and networking)
The focus of this event is to establish the latest thinking and best practice around integrating climate change adaptation and resilience into built environment projects, and to highlight and promote the opportunities for the UK...
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This report reviews some of the key ecosystem services provided by the land. Specifically, the report addresses the use of land to continue to deliver important goods and services in the face of a changing climate – supplying food and timber, providing habitat for wildlife, storing carbon in the soil, and coping with sea level rise on the coast. It explores the extent to which...
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Human influence on the climate system is clear. This is evident in most regions of the globe, a new assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes.
It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. The evidence for this has grown, thanks to more and better observations, an improved...
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The Environment Agency is seeking contractors to manage tidal flood risk in London and the Thames estuary.
The Thames Estuary Phase 1 programme includes projects to maintain, refurbish, and replace Thames tidal defences in London and the estuary.
The multi-million pound contract to be let follows studies and investigations into how tidal flood risk is increasing in the Thames estuary...
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The Northumbrian Water and Newcastle University eight-minute film, “ Flood Force: Finding Solutions in Good Company ,” was the winning entry of the first Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) short film competition.
Drawing on the North East’s experience of flooding from extreme weather last year, it shows pragmatic actions by local businesses and calls for people to do their bit by...
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Six municipalities surrounding Copenhagen risk flooding in the event of cloudbursts and storm surges. A major cross-municipal project will address this risk.
As a part of railway construction work, residents in Vestegnen, a suburban area to Copenhagen, will be protected against future flooding after extreme rainfall. The construction work is taking place along Store Vejleå river, which...
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Climate change, rapid urbanisation, and subsiding land are putting the world's coastal cities at increasing risk of dangerous and costly flooding, a new study calculating future urban losses from flooding shows.
The study, led by World Bank economist Stephane Hallegatte and the OECD, forecasts that average global flood losses will multiply from $6 billion per city in 2005 to $52...
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Councils were at the heart of helping protect their residents and businesses from the impacts of the severe floods experienced in 2012. From helping householders to recover, putting in temporary measures to prevent further damage, to working with their communities to make them and their physical environment more resilient, councils demonstrated leadership in supporting...
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More than half the world’s population now lives in cities or urban areas, which means our vulnerability to the impacts of climate change is tied up with cities' ability to cope. Responsible for more than 70% of carbon emissions, it is increasingly understood that cities must lead in tackling these problems and adapt to changes in weather patterns. This has led to a proliferation of urban...
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This report card is for anyone who works with or has an interest in water in the UK. It looks at the effect of climate change on fresh water - including rainfall, floods and droughts.
The report card is intended to help people understand the scale of possible change and to help inform decisions about the way that water is managed.
To download the report card, please visit the Living...
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The MBEKTN Climate Change Adaptation group, in collaboration with the Environment Agency and Climate Ready, have published guidance on making the business case for climate change adaptation in the UK built environment.
The full toolkit can be downloaded from https://connect.innovateuk.org/documents/3239554/6021573/Climate%20Change%20Adaptation%20Business%20Case%20Guidance
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A workshop was held at Kings College London on the 24th April 2013, to discuss the findings of recent research on climate change adaptation and to consider emerging trends.
The workshop, organised by Briony Turner at KCL, brought together the analysis teams of five recent climate change adaptation themed surveys whose participants were based within the built environment sector, including...
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Get ready for climate change
Defra is calling on businesses, local councils and communities to get ready for climate change and extreme weather in a report published today, as part of the Government’s National Adaptation Programme.
Recent research shows that 64% of UK businesses have suffered supply chain disruption due to extreme weather and 70% of major businesses and their...
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The UK’s progress in meeting its carbon budgets will falter unless the government takes action to boost the insulation of buildings and encourages investment in renewable power generation, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
The warning is contained in the 2013 Progress Report on greenhouse gas emissions published by the CCC, the independent body set up to...
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A new report card summarising the latest evidence on climate change and its impact on biodiversity has been produced. Published by the Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) Partnership, the report card was written by Natural England and is based on contributions from academics, decision makers and communicators.
The report card provides reliable and accessible information on the...
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Defra has published a report that surveys state-of-the-art research on the macroeconomic effects of climate change for the UK.
The report provides a review of the current techniques that exist to model the macroeconomic impact of climate change with and without adaptation. The report then suggests a framework for understanding the macroeconomics of climate change and provides a...
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Climate UK, in association with the Environment Agency, ADEPT, Department for Transport and CIHT are presenting a series of workshop on Local Highways and Climate Change across England during summer 2013.
Local highways have been identified as a critical area for adaptation nationally and these events are for local highway stakeholders concerned with the present and future...
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A worldwide survey has indicated that while businesses agree that it is important to prepare for risks from natural catastrophes, significant steps need to be taken to improve planning and action for the most serious risks. 'Natural catastrophes: business risks and preparedness', was conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by the Zurich Insurance Group.
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