The construction industry is working to make buildings more energy efficient, but expected changes in the climate over the next 100 years mean that we will need to adapt our existing and new buildings if they are to cope with a phased change to hotter drier summers and wetter windier winters. There is a significant market opportunity for design teams to develop climate adaptation services to respond to these forthcoming changes.

in 2010 Innovate UK invited proposals from design teams to develop adaptation strategies for two types of existing large building project:

  • planned low impact new buildings (at the design stage), or
  • large non-domestic buildings about to be refurbished to low impact standards.

Contracts awarded were up to £100k to cover the total costs of developing an adaptation strategy. Design teams did this by exploring five questions in depth. At the end of the contract applicants submitted a detailed report of their data, designs and findings, for dissemination and the benefit of the industry.

Applications were received from over 150 different projects.  50 were selected to proceed involving 240 companies working on £4.2BN worth of projects covering a wide spectrum of building types and locations.

Access the outputs of the projects associated with the 'Design for future climate; adapting buildings' competition.