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Sustainable development and climate change induced obsolescence in the built environment

Sustainable development and climate change induced obsolescence in the built environment

Butt, Talib, Umeadi, Bonny B.N. and Jones, Keith (2010) Sustainable development and climate change induced obsolescence in the built environment. The Sixteenth Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference [Conference Proceedings]. The Kadoorie Institute, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. ISBN 978-988-18934-1-3

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Abstract

Climate change impacts, which are increasingly threatening to sustainability, are expected to be growingly experienced to various degrees around the globe in a number of ways such as global warming, more floods, stronger storms. Conversely, what is being built now shall predominantly be around as a substantial part of our built environment for decades to come, which due to aforesaid climate change
factors are bound to suffer various degrees of obsolescence in different ways. Before climate change induced obsolescence accelerates and it is too late, actions need to
be taken now to design and develop measures to tackle this problem. Failure to act now will mean that the costs of tackling climate change related obsolescence in future will be much higher. In view of these concerns, this paper present a conceptual model of how obsolescence can potentially occur to various degrees over time in
built environment in relation to factors such as climate change. With examples this article relates climate associated obsolescence with the performance of buildings and infrastructures. The article also distinguishes between internal and external obsolescences, and shows that climate change impact on the built environment is preliminarily external. This paper also briefly discusses linkage between
obsolescences and the role of maintenance and refurbishment. The paper reports on the peripherals of the short-term research underway at the University and future
research potentials.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Paper presented at the Sixteenth Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, held 30th May - 1st June 2010, Hong Kong, China.
Uncontrolled Keywords: built environment, obsolescence, energy, climate change, environmental sustainability
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Architecture, Design & Construction
School of Architecture, Design & Construction > Sustainable Buildings Research Group
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/4047

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