Case Studies, Publications & Project Outputs

This page hosts various the following reports, publications and knowledge summaries produced by the MBE KTN as well as public reports related to the Climate Change Adaptation theme. Please note that most of the documents below are only available to members of this group.


Case Studies  |

Carbon Sequestration by Soils: In any development that involves crushing concrete to generate secondary aggregates, the crusher fines can be incorporated into soils to provide a passive carbon capture function for landscaping and open spaces. Concrete fines thus have the potential to sequester carbon, helping to combat global warming.

CoolVault thermal ceiling blocks: Thermal ceiling blocks from Ibstock are designed to add thermal mass to a building so that the internal temperature can be regulated more effectively.

Passive Heating and Cooling - Braunstone Health and Social Care Centre: The Braunstone Health and Social Centre uses several novel and innovative concepts including an underground concrete labyrinth, a concept based on the hypocaust principles, used by the Romans in their villas in Northern Europe.

Remote Assessment of Earthwork Stability in Transport Corridor Environments : Road and rail networks earthwork structures such as embankments, account for a large proportion of the infrastructure which underpins these resources. However, embankments can be susceptible to slope failure and monitoring and doing condition appraisals are costly and inefficient. High resolution geospatial databases may have the potential to offer a remote and cost-effective solution to risk assessment.

RFID Carbon Footprinting and Building Zones: RFID tokens to monitor space usage and calculate personal carbon footprints: This case study from Building Zones explains how active RFID tokens are being used in a pilot project at a Royal Bank of Scotland data centre to build a carbon footprint dashboard and to understand how different spaces on an office floor are actually used in practice.

Simple Solutions to Counter the Urban Heat Island Effect: Small variations in urban design can affect significantly the local heat island intensity, and in turn, indoor comfort. Researchers at Brunel University have proved the significant benefits that can be gained from simple, cost-effective interventions.

The Floating Doorstep: This product is a technological breakthrough. By automatically preventing floodwater from entering doorways, it signposts the way to flood proofing (sealing) the entire building from floodwater ingress through lower walls and floors caused by hydrostatic pressure thus making the building itself an integral part of the flood defence.

The Floodstacker: This is a new UK invention which provides automatic flood protection by vacuum and is intended to provide defence from flooding river banks, tidal, small-scale pluvial flooding, or as protection for low lying estates or shopping malls. Such a system has the potential to protect cities such as New Orleans. The Floodstacker functions by using the energy of the flood to repel itself.

Project Outputs  |

Design for Future Climate Change Project Outputs - this competition was set up to fund the development of strategies to adapt UK buildings to the changing climate. All members of this group could access final project reports and reference materials.

Reports and Publications  |

Knowledge Summary - Challenges for thermal management in a changing climate There is compelling scientific evidence that our collective fossil fuel production and consumption patterns are causing the world's climate to change. Global climate change resulting from increasing concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide, is a scientifically accepted phenomenon with impacts being felt in all regions of the world.

Knowledge Summary - Challenges for water management in a changing climate There is a twin track approach to the management of climate, with the reduction of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide through mitigation measures and managing the consequences of climate change through adaptation measures (RIBA, 2009). Buildings account for nearly half of the UK's carbon emissions and
provide opportunities for both mitigation and adaptation.

Building a low-carbon economy: the UK's contribution to tackling climate change
This is the first report from the Committee on Climate Change, December 2008. This report explains why the UK should aim to fulfil the global deal for an 80 per cent reduction by 2050 and how that is attainable. This Report therefore sets out alternative ways in which emission reductions could be achieved, and assesses whether there are reasonable scenarios in which different combinations of actions would deliver the required emission reductions path. The analysis clearly shows that the required reduction path is feasible.

Planning Policy Statement 1: Delivering Sustainable Development
Planning shapes the places where people live and work and the country we live in. Planning Policy Statements (PPS) set out the Government's national policies on different aspects of land use planning in England. It plays a key role in supporting the Government's wider social, environmental and economic objectives and for sustainable communities.

Planning Policy Statement: Planning and Climate Change - Supplement to Planning Policy Statement 1
This supplement to Planning Policy Statement 1 sets out the overarching planning policies on the delivery of sustainable development. It sets out how planning should contribute to reducing emissions and stabilising climate change and take into account the unavoidable consequences.

Engineering and Physical Science Research Council - UK Climate Impacts Programme
Building Knowledge for a Changing Climate: Collaborative research to understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change on the built environment, infrastructure and utilities.

The Pitt Review: The lessons learned from the 2007 floods
This is an independent, thorough review of the flooding emergency that took place in 2007. It discusses what happened, what to do differently, lessons learned and where change is needed. It includes the views shared from over 1,000 professionals from relevant fields and in-depth discussions with key organisations.

Your Home in a Changing Climate-Retrofitting Existing Homes for climate Change Impacts
Three Regions Climate Change Group (London, the East and the South East of England) reports on a study showing that it is possible and cost effective to increase the resilience of the existing housing stock. Mitigation and adaptation measures can be successfully integrated to reduce CO2.

Public Space Lessons - adapting public space to climate change
This CABE Space briefing sets out lessons learned both in the UK and around the world from using public spaces to help adapt to the climate crisis. This publication also includes case studies and a checklist.

Adapting to Climate Change in England: A Framework for Action
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing society today – both for the international community and the UK. The debate about the causes is over: we now know that the planet has warmed largely due to human activity.

Flood: Engineering Resilience - Institution of Civil Engineers Report 2008
This outlines the strategic views of the ICE on flood risk management. It makes recommendations to improve infrastructure, to deal with future flood risks, to improve the coordination of planning and funding of flood risk management activities, and to improve the speed and quality of emergency response to major events.

UK Climate Change Programme Annual Report to Parliament July 2008
This Report sets out in more detail what we have done and looks forward to what needs to be done over the coming year. The introduction of carbon budgets (result of the Climate Change Bill) will help tackle climate change and ensure that we are on the right track to meeting our 2050 target.

Water UK Lesson Learned Flood Report: Phase 2 - Long-term issue
Water UK's report on more long-term topics that arose in analysis of the floods. The primary learning points and recommendations from this report concern climate change and the uncertainties of weather; protecting water industry services from disruption and from flooding; and improving drainage and surface water management.

Water UK Lesson Learned Flood Report: Phase 2 - Executive Summary
The Review Group on Flooding has now completed its work and recommends that the Water UK Flooding Implementation Group set up in response to the Phase 1 report, assumes responsibility for the implementation of recommendations and conclusions on behalf of the water industry.

Knowledge Summary - Water Efficiency in UK Housing
This Water Efficiency in UK Housing Knowledge Summary outlines the importance of domestic water efficiency for tackling the current and projected water scarcity problems throughout the UK. It details the major environmental, social, technological and regulatory drivers and barriers to improved water efficiency. This report has been produced by BRE Global in conjunction with the MBE KTN.

Briefing Report - Flood Risk Management
This report discusses some consultations and reviews (including the Pitt Review) undertaken by government and other regulatory organisations. Developments in science, technology, planning and engineering have been recognised as an integral part of flood risk management.