Resilience to climate change


The climate is changing more and more, temperatures are rising and at the same time, the threat of floods and heavy and prolonged rainfall is increasing.


In response to these conditions, the built environment must become ready to adapt to major climate changes. Climate resilience should be interpreted broadly as resistance to extreme weather events, resistance to biodiversity loss (contributing to sustaining biodiversity), resistance to sea level change, resistance to water scarcity, resistance to lower agricultural yields, resistance to material depletion and resource scarcity; a resilient built environment should be as self-sufficient as possible in materials, energy, water, food and essentially support a microclimate.


The buildings where we work and live will be able to handle large fluctuations in water levels and increased thermal pressure, but also integrate local food production. New innovations will be implemented to collect and create buffers from large amounts of rainwater. Water supply systems are to be divided into different streams. Improving green spaces can reduce drought, as there is considerable evidence that the suburban development model for rural areas blocks billions of liters of rainwater from being absorbed into the soil and replenishing groundwater reserves. Due to the increased heat in summer and high insulation standards, buildings require smart technological applications to provide a healthy indoor climate.