Energy Efficient Buildings

Housing Climate Resilience

The inevitable changes to climate has driven a great deal of research into housing in order to adapt to the likely increases in temperature.

Overview and objectives

Researchers within the University of Nottingham are keen on tackling challenges arising from climate changes, looking into different aspects that include:

  • Building architecture
  • Construction
  • Refurbishment
  • Building use

The paradox lies in the fact that the rising risk of overheating, and consequent increase in energy use for cooling, may be a result of the effort to reduce energy demand for heating in the last few decades. Changes in building regulations meant an increase in insulation levels that reduced the heating season and created buildings that are much more sensitive to any alteration in energy inputs.

The research in housing climate resilience includes identifying and quantifying the issues of overheating in housing through the use of empirical data and the application of probabilistic future climate scenarios in dynamic computer simulation.


The research developed by the University of Nottingham involves the integration and exploitation of high capacitance and high inertial materials to mitigate overheating in dwellings, consequently reducing energy use, in addition to some of the first in-situ studies of phase-change materials in housing.

Research team


RODRIGUES, L. and M. GILLOTT (2013). The climate resilience of a low-energy prototype house. Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability, Volume 166, Issue 6, 01 December 2013 , pages 337 –350.

RODRIGUES, L. and GILLOT, M., (2013). Building for Future Climate Resilience: A comparative study of the thermal performance of eight constructive methods. In: ANNE HAKANSSON, MATTIAS HOJER, ROBERT J.HOWLETT and LAKHMI C. JAIN, eds., Sustainability in Energy and Buildings: Series Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies. 22. Springer. 453.

RODRIGUES, L., GILLOTT, M., TETLOW, D. (2013). Summer overheating potential in a low-energy steel frame house in future climate scenarios. Sustainable Cities and Society 7(0): 1-15

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