In planning and designing our buildings and infrastructure we need to minimise emissions and develop resilience to a changing climate. A range of measures, like energy efficiency, renewable energy, low carbon heat generation and behaviour change, can contribute to reducing carbon emissions.
The impacts of a changing climate can lead to over-heating, flooding and disruption to power and water supplies if we do not take steps to adapt the existing built environment in our urban and rural areas. We need to use smart, appropriate design so new buildings and infrastructure can handle projected changes in temperature and rainfall.
ClimateXChange’s work in this area will help ensure that Scottish policies to reduce emissions and to adapt buildings and infrastructure are integrated, and work in synergy.