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Resilience14 to reveal research into climate change

At the Resilience14 conference, Innovate UK will be revealing the findings of a report which explored various business cases for climate change adaptations within the built environment.

The business case for adapting buildings to climate change: niche or mainstream? focuses specifically on the business cases that can underpin successful and practical climate change adaptation measures.

Mark Wray, lead technologist for low impact building at Innovate UK: “As there are no taxes or legislative drivers to push resilience adaptation into the mainstream, there is an overwhelming need for designers, investors, contractors and developers to be made aware of the market drivers there are for resilience. This report aims to push the consideration of resilience related adaptation from niche research into an accepted / conventional business consideration.”

The report includes examples across a range of projects, including housing, schools, museums, libraries, hospitals, offices, and swimming pools; most being adaptations in new build designs, with some substantial refurbishments of existing buildings.

Mr Wray said: “We’ve chosen to launch the report at Resilience14 because its audience includes professionals from across the built environment. We’ve already spoken to a lot of designers, but need to involve investors, developers, professional bodies, policy makers, contractors and end users.

“We can show that the entire supply chain has the opportunity to be involved with and benefit from climate adaptations”.

Resilience14, a free, one-day conference organised by BRE, will be held on 26 November to showcase the products, solutions and latest research helping the built environment become more resilient to the impact of severe weather.

The conference will held at BRE headquarters in Watford.


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