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Nine

Green agenda for buildings

In the book Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change: A 21st Century Survival Guide,Susan Roaf and her co-authors David Crichton and Fergus Nicol set out a range of recommendations for the city of the future, including:…


In the book Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change: A 21st Century Survival Guide,
Susan Roaf and her co-authors David Crichton and Fergus Nicol set out a range of recommendations for the city of the future, including:

. No more development in flood plains – managed retreat from worst-affected areas;
. Water-proofing programme to make city surfaces absorb more water;
• All south- and west-facing windows to have external awnings/shades (especially care homes and schools);
• Limited glazing in sensibly sized windows to prevent overheating;
• All buildings capable of being naturally ventilated and every window openable, if possible;
• Free insulation, draft stripping and high-performance windows for vulnerable people;
• ‘Safe Haven Refuges’ in every community for extreme heat/cold/stormy/flood events;
• Architects should have an extreme weather/power failure response plan for every building;
• Power all buildings with maximum contributions from renewable energy technologies;
• Plan settlements to optimise solar potential;
• Design neighbourhoods with optimally protective ‘Urban Micro-Climates’;
• Planners must allow a new aesthetic for 21st Century cities to be created so reactionary appearance concerns do not hamper performance improvements and the integration of renewable energy systems;
• Develop laws for the above as soon as possible before more tragedies happen like the death of 15,000 people in one week in France in the heatwave of July 2003, or the recent flooding in Madeira; 
• Ensure that every council/municipality develops and implements a Climate Change Action Plan to ensure we survive through the difficult decades ahead with our civilisation intact;
• Spend £1billion a year in Scotland on improving homes.

 

"Green agenda for buildings". Science Scotland (Issue Nine)
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