Of the many challenges facing communities at present, the impending climate crisis is front and centre. In Autumn 2022, the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh hosted the most recent United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly referred to as COP27. The two-week summit of global attendees concluded with countries and companies alike agreeing to decarbonise their assets and operations.
Much work, at all lifecycles stages, is required to decarbonise the built environment. The challenges going forward are to meet assist and implement the necessary solutions to meet the European Commission’s energy efficiency and energy performance directives for buildings and infrastructure through long-term renovation strategies for decarbonising national building stocks.
The research and innovation activities associate with the HCI-P3 Resilient Design project will be a key element in the coming years (2022-2025). Among the other relevant current initiatives is Waterford’s current application for EU Mission City ‘Climate Neutral and Smart’ status.