Adaptation Responses: external resources

We have collated related reports and studies from organisations across the world which we found helpful when conducting our own research.

Adapting to climate change impacts – a good practice guide for sustainable communities

This document contains generic adaptation strategies and guidance structured around UKCIP's risk, uncertainty and decision-making framework. Three adaptation case studies focus on responding to the impacts of climate change in mixed use developments across the South East at various scales. The appendix contains a summary checklist for those adapting to climate change.

Climate Change and Historic Buildings

This document sets out the English Heritage policy response to climate change in terms of both mitigation and adaptation. Notes that climate change impacts on the historic built environment is an under researched topic. EH is also concerned that there is a presumption that the historic environment is energy inefficient. However, they believe that these buildings will, in fact, adapt well to future climate change.

Design for future climate: opportunities for adaptation in the built environment

Written by a practising architect, this report identifies the key issues that climate change poses to the construction industry and sets out the case for adaptation in this sector. The report looks at three areas: thermal comfort and energy performance; issues affecting construction (particularly from storm damage); and managing water.

The European Environment, State and Outlook 2010: Adapting to Climate Change

The European Environment Agency provides detailed scientific data, information and assessments to prepare the ground for coherent action and joint response to tackle urban issues, such as climate change. Its website contains numerous reports, maps, graphs and data. The State of the Environment report synthesises this and other research to give an overview of the key challenges that climate change poses to Europe, the key drivers of change and variations across regions. It uses the data to assess vulnerabilities in, amongst others, urban environments. It covers adaptation options and uses economic assessments to provide summaries of damage costs and the cost of implementing adaptation options across a range of sectors. The final section of this report covers existing policy frameworks to support adaptation options at European level.

Your Home in a Changing Climate

This report, by the Three Regions Climate group that covers the south east of England, shows that it is both possible and cost-effective to increase resilience of existing residential buildings. It argues that mitigation and adaptation measures can and should be integrated in a way that adaptation also delivers significant reductions in carbon emissions. It regards retrofits as the most common sense sustainability improvements. It details a range of case studies on typical residential buildings in the UK as well as a cost-benefit analysis of flood measures.