An RICS research report and online tool will help the built environment sector in eight European countries to determine the risk and impact climate change will have on non-domestic, or commercial, buildings.
The effects of climate have always been a major consideration when planning and designing effective and efficient buildings. Until recently buildings were planned with an underlying expectation that local climatic conditions would hold to historical patterns. Now with mounting evidence of unprecedented climate changes and growing frequency of disruptive weather events, such assumptions are no longer sufficient.
Finding new ways of planning and adapting buildings for a much more dynamic future climate is challenging and complex, but also imperative if buildings are to remain effective and efficient for the duration of their intended lives.
The report focusses on eight countries: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Sweden and Norway.
It seeks to understand who climate change will affect, what the energy demand may be, what the operational costs may be and the carbon emissions for six types of buildings, namely, offices, retail buildings, schools, hospitals, warehouses and buildings used for leisure.