Report published advising schools how to prepare for climate change
Arup has worked with the Greater London Authority to produce guidance for schools on mitigating the effects of climate change, including the use of ventilation.
The new report, How London Schools and Early Years Settings Can Adapt to Climate Change, looks at how schools can make preparations to deal with climate change, including more frequent and widespread flooding, scarcity of water resources, and increased heat risk.
Laura Frost, Associate, Energy and Climate Change Consulting at Arup, said: “The impacts of climate change are already being felt across the UK, with London experiencing particular extremes of heat and water scarcity over recent years. Children are highly vulnerable to such extreme conditions, and existing school sites are rarely designed or operated with climate change in mind.
“This guidance will help school leaders to adapt their estates, to protect the health and wellbeing of school communities in the face of climate change, and to nurture a generation of future climate leaders. ”
The report covers heat risk, which happens when the heat entering or generated in buildings exceeds the heat that escapes, and what can be done to limit it, including the use of smart controls and ventilation.
It says: “Managing this will require an integrated strategy that combines appropriate physical design, equipment and facilities operation, and behavioural practices.”
To download the report visit: arup.com/new-guidance-to-help-london-schools-and-early-years-settings-adapt-to-climate-change-published