Incorporating climate change projections into building design: A qualitative study

Mehreen Gul, Gillian Frances Menzies, Phillip Frank Gower Banfill

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Abstract

The UK climate of the future cannot be predicted with certainty and this is reflected in the current UK Climate Projections (UKCP09), which are probabilistic in nature. It is anticipated that the conventional approaches to building design will not adequately represent the effects of future warming and therefore guidance is required to overcome future overheating of a building by making it thermally more comfortable. The study presented here relates to a qualitative investigation and aims to draw out the needs and preferences of building design professionals to develop an easy to use formulation for adequately sizing Heating, Ventilation and Air- Conditioning (HVAC) plants. It will serve as an interface between professional building services engineers and
the research team working on probabilistic weather data and a building simulation package. This investigation deploys a qualitative research approach of Methodological triangulation, which refers to the use of more than one method for gathering data. Herein, the three strands of research that will be used are the questionnaire, semi structured interviews and focus groups. This work is ongoing and the analysis is due for completion in 2012. This paper focuses mainly on some of the initial findings of the qualitative approaches mentioned above for
domestic buildings only.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Renewable Energy Congress 2011
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventWorld Reneewable Energy Congress - Linkoping, Sweden
Duration: 9 May 201113 May 2011

Conference

ConferenceWorld Reneewable Energy Congress
CountrySweden
CityLinkoping
Period9/05/1113/05/11

Keywords

  • Qualitative investigation
  • Future climates
  • Focus groups

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