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First Steps in Urban Heat for Built Environment Practitioners

Ferranti, E.J.S and Futcher, J. and Salter, K. and Hodgkinson, S.P.B and Chapman, L. (2021) First Steps in Urban Heat for Built Environment Practitioners. Technical Report. Trees and Design Action Group.

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Identification Number/DOI: 10.25500/epapers.bham.00003452


Future summer temperatures are projected to increase, with hotter and more frequent heatwaves. This will increase heat mortality, impact infrastructure performance, and increase demand for air conditioning at a time when councils need to reduce energy demand to meet Net Zero obligations. Urban areas need to be resilient to future warmer summers and increasing overheating risks. This guide explains urban heat, the role of green infrastructure, and how to undertake heat sensitive planning and design.

Type of Work:Monograph (Technical Report)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:School of Engineering
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Guidance document produced by TDAG and the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research and the School of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Science of the University of Birmingham in 2021. Funded under NERC QR funding provided to the University of Birmingham and EPSRC Fellowship EP/R007365/1.

This document should be cited as:
Ferranti, E.J.S., Futcher, J., Salter, K., Hodgkinson, S.P.B., and Chapman L. 2021.
First Steps in Urban Heat for Built Environment Practitioners. 2021. A Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) Guidance Document. UK: London. Available from: https://
doi.org/10.25500/epapers.bham.00003452 Trees and Design Action Group www.tdag.org.uk.

Date:September 2021
Keywords:urban heat island, heat-sensitive design, green infrastructure
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
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Funders:NERC QR funding provided to the University of Birmingham, EPSRC Fellowship EP/R007365/1
Copyright Status:© Trees and Design Action Group Trust. All rights reserved.
ID Code:3452

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