The study will provide a framework for a series of targeted country-specific assessments. The impetus for the project is that residential, commercial and public buildings in these highly urbanised countries account for significant levels of energy and water use and are directly affected by climate change. They are often poorly adapted to cope with existing climatic conditions and current building codes and standards do not take into account anticipated increases in heat and water stress.
The study will identify commercially viable technologies and practices to improve climate resilience and resource efficiency of these buildings. It will also assess the scope for financing these technologies and help develop country-specific priority policies to support investment.
Ian Allison, Mott MacDonald’s global head of climate resilience, said: “Risks associated with climate change and extreme weather events can affect all sectors of the environment, society and the economy, so proportional climate adaptation is essential. Rapid and cross-sector coordination is required to share information and integrate strategies in order to mitigate its affects.”