Researchers have found that passive measures may not be enough to cope with future projected overheating in suburban homes, suggesting that mechanical cooling technology may be required.
How do we incorporate a range of future climate conditions within the design and energy assessment framework for buildings?
Researchers at UCL have quantified the degree to which the building characteristics of a home affect how much residents are exposed to air pollution and high temperatures.
New low-carbon houses are designed to reduce heat loss through improved airtightness and increased insulation, raising the risk of overheating and inadequate ventilation.
People’s behaviour inside their homes has an important impact on how much the building overheats during periods of hot weather – researchers at UCL explain.
Researchers monitored wards across the NHS estate from 2010 to 2012. Refurbishment can ensure remain wards comfortable in a warmer future until the 2080s.
SNACC researchers found that flats and mid-terraced homes are at greater risk of overheating, particularly in the South of England.
Researchers from the CREW project found that overheating exposure varies up to a factor of ten times between types of dwelling.
Researchers at Loughborough University have found that a large proportion of English homes are at risk of overheating even during a cool summer. Houses built after 1990, flats and those in London are particularly at risk.
Poor indoor air quality can have serious health impacts, particularly for people who have respiratory related health conditions – recent research finds low-income households are more likely to suffer.