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LDA to lead building resilience research project

14 Sep 11 The Technology Strategy Board has contracted environment consultant LDA Design to lead a study of climate change adaptation in new development.

The research will look at the impact of green infrastructure, public realm and internal layouts on the resilience of buildings to high temperatures, land instability and flood risk.

LDA Design will be supported by Buro Happold, Wormald Burrows and Capita Symonds, working with developer-contractor Larkfleet Group to ensure the deliverability of the solutions. The work will involve testing adaptation options on three houses on Phase 1 of Larkfleet’s Oakham North development in Rutland.

The study will look at the role of external actions on a building’s internal comfort, its structural integrity on shrinkable clay soils and its ability to manage water. It will be developed from a design perspective so the outcomes will create houses that are acceptable to the developer and to the market.

At the heart of the project is the idea is that climate change cannot be purely an engineering exercise and that successful solutions must incorporate design, green infrastructure and public realm if they are to be deliverable.

LDA Design director Robert Shaw said: “Mitigating the effects of climate change is a collaborative effort, where different expertise and complementary skills can come together to create the best solutions. The strategies we develop will be tested on show homes, providing unique feedback into the preparation of the adaptation strategy and its implementation.”

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