IMPLICATIONS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE FUTURE OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
According to diverse sources, the building industry accounts for around 40% of the energy consumption, and for 38% of the greenhouse emissions associated to human activities. This sector, together with the transport and the industry, is considered one of the main drivers of climate change. In this context, this course aims at equipping the students with the scientific background that allows them to understand the complex interaction between climate and the design of buildings and cities, and also discusses the impact that climate change may have, according to current predictions, in the future of the building industry and the urban planning.
The course is divided into three parts. First, the students are introduced to the theoretical concepts that shape the relation between buildings and climate, focusing on three aspects: Psychrometry, thermal comfort and building energy consumption. Second, it presents the different future climate scenarios, and the foreseeable affect that they may have on the design and operation of buildings and cities in various locations around the world. Finally, it discusses some of the strategies that the scientific community is considering to contain the energy consumption and the CO2 emissions of the building industry, and to cope with the effects of climate change.