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Buildings Design of insulated panels


Climate Change Climate Change Risk Assessment


Construction Process Building Information modelling Strategic e-Business Framework


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Flood Risk Management Boundaries for inundation modelling 6


IT Strategic e-Business Framework


Maintenance Improving railway maintenance


Modelling Boundaries for flood inundation Building Information modelling


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Railways Improving efficiency of maintenance 5


Rating Systems Transition to Sustainability Value of structural engineering


Research & Innovation Bringing talented leaders to UK


Structural Engineering Contribution to sustainable construction


Sustainability Transition to Sustainability Value of structural engineering


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also at www.innovationandresearchfocus.org.uk Design for Future


Climate programme Design for Future Climate, Adapting Buildings has been and remains the largest pro- gramme on climate change adaptation of buildings in the UK. It has been working, and continues to work, with the UK buildings industry to create adaptation strategies by funding design teams to consider adaptation for ongoing building projects.


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he challenge of adap- tation is to make buildings resistant or


resilient to flooding, to overheating and to ex- treme weather events such as storms, through to the 2080s and beyond. Fifty projects compris-


ing client and project teams have been funded to create adaptation strate- gies. Some have been com- pleted and some are still in progress, although there is no new funding available. The projects funded


range from teams that are master-planning new towns to the detailed de- sign of new commercial de- velopments and the refurbishment of existing buildings. The main focus for the majority of the adaptation strategies has so far been over- heating. Some of the projects have looked at different aspects and these are highlighted below. PortZed – a mixed use seafront development


in Brighton – has incorporated elliptical build- ings and helical wind turbines on a site expect- ing higher wind speeds. The design team has focused on reducing energy use as well as adapting to sea-level rise and wind-speed risks. The team for the Technical Hub @ EBI looked


at structural stability issues for the building, in- cluding weather proofing, material choices and detailing. In the final report for the project, it concluded that the sub-structure is not expected to be adversely affected by foreseeable climate change. However, the study showed that small parts of the building are at risk of overheating in summer, so recommendations have been made to reduce this risk. As a result of developing its strategy, the


NW Bicester Eco-town master-planning project team has agreed to implement a sustainable


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(Above) The Technical Hub at EBI that has been studied as part of the Design for Future Climate Programme.


drainage system (SuDS) comprising soak- aways, swales and ponds. Other adaptation measures being planned include managing water scarcity through rain water harvesting, and grey and black water recycling. The Design for Future Climate programme


is run by the Technology Strategy Board, which is holding a conference on 12 June 2012 at the Building Centre in London to showcase the projects and disseminate the knowledge gained by the project teams. This conference will provide participants with the opportunity to learn more about the range of projects that were funded and details of their adaptation strategies. Visit http://d4fcshowcaseconfer- ence.eventbrite.com/ for details and to register.


For further information on the projects you can join the Design for Future Climate group on the connect website: https:/


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