The main focus of this report is how to avoid summertime thermal discomfort in buildings while still minimising energy use. In Section 2, we define what comfortable means and how acceptable levels of carbon dioxide emissions are currently defined. In Section 3, we begin to look at the climate change scenarios and how they have been used. In Section 4, the features of buildings enabling them to stay cool in summer are discussed. Section 5 makes a qualitative assessment by taking a first look at the likely impacts of the projected climate changes. Section 6 presents the quantitative results of the computer modelling for the case study buildings in London. In Section 7, the results of the modelling for Manchester and Edinburgh are discussed. Section 8 discusses what we can learn from buildings in warmer climates and draws some final conclusions.

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Hacker, J.
Belcher, S. E.
Connell, R. K.

Hacker, JN, Belcher, SE & Connell, RK (2005). Beating the Heat: keeping UK buildings cool in a warming climate. UKCIP Briefing Report. UKCIP, Oxford.

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