L. Shao, De Montfort University, UK
New buildings in the UK need to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2016 (dwellings) or 2019 (non-dwellings) but there are numerous challenges. This chapter highlights two of the major challenges facing the new build construction sector, namely, delivering real carbon savings as intended in the design, and balancing carbon reduction with adaptation to the future climate. These will be illustrated in discussions about a number of material technologies and presented in the context of current and future legislation.
adaptation to climate change