A new paper “Influence of climate change on summer cooling costs and heat stress in urban office buildings” by LSE Cities and VITO looking at Antwerp, Bilbao and London illustrates the challenge in keeping Western-European office buildings comfortable until the end of the twenty-first century without adaptation measures, and the beneficial effect of adequate adjustments. Measures investigated include the introduction of (external) shading and increased night-time ventilation in actively cooled buildings, and the improvements in working conditions in free-running buildings caused by moving workers to cooler locations and splitting workdays in morning and evening shifts.
The 2017 Cities and Climate Conference will take place from September 19-21 in Potsdam, Germany. The conference, the last in a series relating to the RAMSES (Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for cities) project, will explore the latest advances in research and practice addressing climate change in cities, including issues of infrastructure, planning, governance, economics of adaptation, risk management, and their possible trade-offs and synergies with mitigation and sustainability objectives.
LSE Cities’ Executive Director, Philipp Rode will present research findings alongside Graham Floater, Principal Research Fellow, and Alexandra Gomes and Muhammad Adeel who are both Research Officers at LSE Cities. LSE Cities is one of 13 project partners in the European research project.
RAMSES, a European research project which aims to deliver much needed quantified evidence of the impacts of climate change and the costs and benefits of a wide range of adaptation measures, focusing on cities, has released a series of videos to help further close the gap between scientists and city planners in seeking synergy between climate adaptation and mitigation. LSE Cities is one of 13 project partners.