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The impact of regulations on overheating risk in dwellings

The impact of regulations on overheating risk in dwellings

Mulville, Mark and Stravoravdis, Spyridon (2018) The impact of regulations on overheating risk in dwellings. In: Lorch, Richard, Laubscher, Jacques, Hon-wan Chan, Edwin and Visscher, Henk, (eds.) Building Governance and Climate Change. Routledge. ISBN 978-0815395201

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Many new and emerging regulations and standards for buildings focus on climate change mitigation through energy and carbon reduction. In cool climates, such reductions are achieved by optimizing the building for heat retention. It is increasingly recognized, however, that some degree of climate change is now inevitable. New and existing buildings need to consider this to ensure resilience and an ability to adapt over time. In this context, the current approach to regulation that largely remains focused on the ‘point of handover’ may not be fit for purpose. This paper focuses on a ‘typical’ dwelling designed to a range of standards, representing current or emerging approaches to minimizing energy use, using a range of construction methods, where a number of adaptations are available to occupants. It considers, through the use of building performance simulation, how each configuration is likely to perform thermally over time given current climate change predictions. It is demonstrated that the current approach to assessing overheating risk in dwellings, coupled with the regulatory focus on reducing energy consumption, could result in significant levels of overheating. This overheating could, in the near future, present a risk to health and result in the need for significant interventions.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Part II: Inadequacy of current building regulatory systems
Uncontrolled Keywords: overheating, regulations, built environment
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Integrated Nature & Technology Research Group (INTENT)
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2021 00:40

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