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Building for a Changing Climate


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Introduction 1. Prepare for Four degrees 2. Probable Future Impacts of Climate Change 3. The UN Carbon Trading Mechanism 4. Setting the pace towards climate-proof housing 5. Future-proof Housing 6. Building-integrated solar electricity 7. Sun, Earth, Wind and Water 8. Eco-towns: opportunity or oxymoron? 9. The Housing Inheritance 10. Non-domestic buildings 11. Community Buildings 12. Conventional energy 13. Coal: black gold or black hole? 14. Filling the gap; utility-scale renewables 15. The Age Beyond Oil 16. The Thread of Hope

About the Author

Peter F. Smith is Special Professor in Sustainable Energy, University of Nottingham, and former Vice President of the RIBA for Sustainable Development. He is the author of many books on architecture and the environment, including Sustainability at the Cutting Edge (Architectural Press/Elsevier 2007).


Peter Smith has constantly drawn our attention to the global environmental crisis and put forward clear recommendations as to what action needs to be taken. Climate change is threatening our continued existence. In this book, he argues that we should already be factoring in the impact of a possible increase in global temperatures by designing buildings which employ robust construction techniques for longer life spans. I fully endorse his view and recommend this book particularly to all those concerned with the effect of climate change on design. Richard Rogers

What amounts to a revolution in building design and construction is needed to adapt to higher temperatures and climate extremes; also to ensure much higher energy efficiency. Peter Smith not only urges the need for change but, from his wide knowledge and experience, tells us how to change. Anyone connected with buildings will find this book an invaluable mine of information. Sir John Houghton FRS

Should act as a clarion call to all those interested in climate-proofing for the future and will no doubt be a useful manual to those involved in all parts of the construction industry, from the individual working on a single building to those involved in large-scale urban developments. Planning Perspectives

This useful revised edition is a call to action - let's hope that architects are able to rise to the challenge. Blanche Cameron, RESET Director and Trustee

Useful for all who have an interest in design and planning. It manages to detail a potentially catastrophic future for the planet and yet still allow us to retain some hope ... Smith makes clear that adapting and innovating will be essential for the challenging times ahead. Context

This is an excellent, well written book that deserves to be on the reading list of all Built Environment University programmes as this is hopefully where it will have the greatest impact on tomorrow's innovators. Association of Building Engineers

Authoritative and comprehensive ... I recommend it as an informative and thought-provoking book, which also offers remedies for new build, future-proofing existing buildings and moving forward on energy. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Peter Smith provides a grounded and structured introduction to the topic of climate change and the ways in which it is set to change our design of the built environment. It will be particularly useful to undergraduates as well as postgraduate students of the built environment who want to understand the basic relevant design principals set in the overall context of climate change research. Carlos Calderon, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design

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