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Design for Future Climate 2: Adapting Buildings competition outcomes


Design for Future Climate is now the largest climate change adaptation programme in the UK. The Technology Strategy Board received 60 applications to this competition this year and has funded  a further 24 design teams to develop adaptation strategies for their current building project.

In total there are 50 projects funded through this programme and we are now moving forward with our plans to disseminate the outputs of the 50 projects through publications with CIBSE and RIBA.

The funding is focussed on improving the resilience and adaptation of buildings to climate change.  It has been awarded to client and project teams working together to develop adaptation strategies in response to the changing climate.  In 2010 we commissioned Bill Gething to write the report: Design for Future Climate: opportunities for adaptation in the built environment on this topic and we can see greater awareness in the industry of climate change adaptation opportunities as a result of this programme.

There are healthy signs of recovery in the market with many applications for new build housing developments.  Nine housing projects have been funded this year, including 4 from commercial developers and 5 social housing projects.  In addition the programme has funded several public buildings including a swimming pool, museum, rail station and a commercial retail shed this year. 

 There are five main objectives:

·         Improve awareness and comprehension in the industry for the need for adaptation

·         Build capacity among design professionals for adaptation services

·         Clients to drive the need for adaptation strategies

·         Production of some evidence to inform upcoming regulations (in the form of case studies)

·         Some execution by clients


The industry at present cannot afford the initial cost of doing the first adaptation strategy to then sell this service to subsequent clients.  We are removing this initial barrier to the uptake of adaptation by making it more cost effective for clients in the future.



4 people have had something to say so far

Thanks for this update Fionnuala. When will you be publishing the details of the successful applicants from phase 2?
Posted on 30/08/11 15:44.
Hi Dominic,

We've published a short press release but the details of the funded projects will be made available in October at our annual conference Innovate11,

In the meantime I can tell you that the organisations leading the projects are: AECOM, Baca Architects, Bauman Lyons Architecture & Urbanism, BioRegional Quintain Ltd, Broadland Housing Association, Buro Happold (2 projects), Exeter City Council, Gale & Snowden Architects Ltd, Hyde Housing Association Ltd, Kassanis+Thomas, LDA Design Consulting LLP, Leadbitter, Miller Construction (UK) Ltd, Octavia Housing, Penoyre and Prasad LLP, Ridge and Partners LLP, Space Craft Architects, St. Faith's School, Thanet District Council, Triangle Architects Ltd, Waterman Energy, Environment & Design, WSP UK Limited (2 projects). Each of the successful applicants will be awarded a contract of up to £100,000.

In addiition another 95 companies and organisations are involved in supporting these project leads to develop the adaptation strategies.
Posted on 02/09/11 10:09 in reply to Dominic Rowland.
We've published a document on the early outcomes of the projects that can be viewed at It's on the left hand side of the page under 'Related documents' and called Early Outputs Sept 2011.
Posted on 07/10/11 08:49 in reply to Fionnuala Costello.
Hello Fionnuala . I've had a look at the early outputs document you refered to below. I'm specifically interested in schools and seeing as they are the building type with the greatest number in your current programme would be interested in understanding the trends, so far. What is the best way to develop this conversation further ? best regards

Ann Bodkin
Sustainability Manager Partnerships for Schools
Posted on 03/11/11 15:47.

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