Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Adapting UK buildings to cope with climate change

Process and Control Today: The Technology Strategy Board is to invest £2.4 million to help building design teams develop strategies for buildings in the UK so that they are better able to adapt to the changing climate. As part of its work supporting innovations that will help to address some of society’s key sustainability challenges, the Technology Strategy Board is to award contracts to twenty six companies to develop climate adaptation strategies for their buildings.

The adaptation strategies to be developed will cover both planned buildings that are now at the design stage and large non-domestic buildings that are about to be refurbished. Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, said: “This investment is a fine example of the Technology Strategy Board supporting innovation that develops sustainable solutions for society while at the same time creating new markets for the UK economy. Innovation is crucial to British businesses and through investments such as this we are working to help businesses take advantage of future market opportunities.

“We are already designing and constructing buildings that use less energy and reduce CO2 emissions. The challenge now is to make sure our buildings are resilient and adaptable to the climate change that we will see over the coming decades.”…

Tower and moat of Caerlaverock Castle, shot by Damnonii, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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