Architecture: Adapting to Climate Change

Article by : Z.N. Ahmed, Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology-BUET

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"The architecture of the built environment needs to be climate-responsive in order to cope with these changing variables. At the same time, one needs to examine the present characteristics of the built-environment and seeks means of adaptation so that the existing stock can serve parameter that are being modified due to climate change. Due to the importance of the built-environment in influencing climate change, the role of architects is considered vital in the immediate future, towards designing buildings which are not too demanding on environmental conditions.

Decisions during the design phase taken by architects fan have significant impact on the surroundings and can influence the energy efficiency of the buildings themselves. As shaper of the built-environment Architects have a social responsibility to ensure that their designs do not unduly disturb existing environmental conditions and serve as impediments to sustainability. The key features in a building's design that influence its impact on the environment, like orientation, form, shape, elevation, etc, are discussed here. The discussion also recognises the importance of intervention at the policy-level to facilitate the task of Architects toward, designing for sustainability. It requires concerted and coordinated efforts from these separate groups, the designers, the users and the policy-maker, to arrive at climatically sensitive environmental solution. "

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