A joint LCCP/Buildings and Cities event
The design of our cities, streets, open spaces and homes impacts on the local climate (microclimate) as well as on the health of citizens. Compact urban form is often argued to be a more sustainable approach, but can cause adverse consequences on local microclimates, with localised cascading impacts on building energy demand for cooling/heating and air quality.
At the scale of the individual building, summertime internal overheating in new and existing dwellings is widespread and increasing, even in the UK’s temperate climate. There is an urgent need to solve the problem. Urban flats and small dwellings are particularly affected, presenting new health risks to elderly and vulnerable residents.
This event will feature the launch of two briefing papers on microclimates and overheating in temperate climates, bringing in panels of professionals from a variety of disciplines to consider the findings and implications for professional practice in the UK context. We will examine interacting consequences that arise from modern demands (e.g. increased density, increased floor area ratios, economic drivers), explore how resilience can be created and what this means for modifying existing cities, and showcase new knowledge and solutions. Respondents from government and practice are asked: How can we create and operationalise a resilient response? Which decisions take account of this? How can this be mainstreamed into professional practice?
To register, use this link.
Who should attend?
This event should be of interest to those involved in the sustainability and resilience of UK building stock. In particular: