What is it about?
Our planet is experiencing massive changes in weather and temperature, owing to climate change. The housing sector is especially vulnerable to this phenomenon due to the new weather and temperature changes that it imposes. In this study, the authors used simulations to study how three ‘sustainable buildings’ might hold up in a variety of different scenarios of climate and heat loads. They also tested strategies ranging from natural and mechanical ventilation to the presence of trees and green roofs, and how efficiently these measures could reduce the impact of climate change on housing.
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Why is it important?
While most modern houses have been designed to save energy and reduce carbon emissions, their design overlooks the need to protect from the unpredictable thermal changes that climate change brings. Architectural designs must therefore focus on passive strategies that can provide thermal comfort without consuming a ton of energy in the process. KEY TAKEAWAY: The housing sector is threatened by climate change, as modern buildings are having to face climatic conditions they weren’t designed for. Hybrid design solutions and strategic landscaping may be the key to sustainable homes that function on low energy without compromising the quality of life of its inhabitants.
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This page is a summary of: Potentials for Adapting Danish Sustainable Houses to Climate Change: Simulation Study on the Effects of Climate Change in Low-Rise Sustainable Houses, Journal of Architectural Engineering, September 2021, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), DOI: 10.1061/(asce)ae.1943-5568.0000484.
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