Designing domestic buildings for future summers: Attitudes and opinions of building professionals

Mehreen Gul, Gillian Frances Menzies

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Abstract

A changing climate will produce summertime overheating where conventional domestic building design approaches do not adequately address future warming risk. This risk cannot be fully identified and avoided unless future climate information and building related adaptation measures are considered. The Low Carbon Futures project is developing a tool that uses UKCP09 climate projections input to predict dwelling overheating risks. To enhance the usefulness of this tool for the building industry, and to better understand current building design processes, interviews were conducted with building professionals, allowing industry preferences for the tool to be sought and to provide clearer indications of proposed outcomes. This paper examines results from a questionnaire, focus groups and semi-structured interviews with building industry professionals. The research shows that the housing industry maintains adherence to traditional designing methods where overheating, whether current or future, is not considered a serious concern. No design stage detailed overheating assessments are currently undertaken to reduce the UK's increased room air-conditioner sales, despite drives for low energy/zero carbon homes. The collated feedback will help tailor the tool and its eventual outputs, with this paper attempting to converge on a set of recommendations for low carbon dwelling design with reduced overheating risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)752-761
Number of pages10
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume45
Early online date4 Apr 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Domestic buildings
  • Overheating
  • Climate projections

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