ADAPTIVE HOUSING: Solutions for Adaptive and Resilient Low-Energy Housing under Climate Change Scenarios

Project: Research Fellowship

Project Details


The overarching aim of ADAPTIVE HOUSING is to improve the design of low-energy housing to sustainably cope with the overheating associated with ongoing climate change, in particular, to predicted increase in temperature, by thus refraining from exposing occupants to heat stress and/or from increasing the carbon emissions associated with a greater energy demand for cooling.
ADAPTIVE HOUSING will investigate the role of adaptive behaviour in the process of securing comfort in low-energy homes in the context of a global increase in temperatures. Its main objectives consist of (a) assessing the potential impact of overheating in low-energy housing and (b) developing guidelines for the design and operation of adaptive and resilient low-energy housing.
Embracing uncertainty and a non-deterministic approach to research, ADAPTIVE HOUSING will develop a knowledge map integrating emerging literature on adaptive occupant behaviour and interaction between occupants and building systems with emerging knowledge on climate change's impact on buildings. This will create the framework to test a case study on current and future performance.
Effective start/end date1/01/2331/12/24

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • overheating in buildings
  • adaptive capacity
  • human-centric design
  • climate change
  • low-energy residential


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