Co-incident probabilistic climate change weather data for a sustainable built environment (COPSE)

The aim of the project is to develop a methodology for deriving weather data for building designers etc that is based on future data rather than observational records from the last 20 years or so. The project is based on the recognition that current building design for urban areas is often based on outdated and inappropriate weather data sets. For example, the current data sets are based on semi-rural locations, which do not transfer well to urban locations. Also, the current design summer year statistic (which is used for estimating the number of hours that the interior of a building will be above a defined comfort temperature e.g. 25 or 28°C in summer) does not work effectively. COPSE will therefore address deficiencies in current weather data so that more realistic urban weather data is provided. scenarios. The principal application output will be a technical memorandum (TM) for CIBSE, suitable for practising designers. The TM will provide CIBSE with a consistent methodology for the selection and use of future climate data for its new Design Guide.

Funded by: 
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) call ‘Adaptation to Climate Change: Buildings: The Use of Probabilistic Climate Scenarios in Adaptation Decisions within the Buildings Sector’.
Principal coordinator: 
Prof Geoff Levermore, The University of Manchester; Prof Tariq Muneer, Edinburgh Napier University; Prof Jian Kang, University of Sheffield; Prof Chris Underwood, University of Northumbria; Dr Sukumar Natarajan, University of Bath
Lead contact: 
Project timeframe: 
July 2008 - August 2011
School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering