The highest UK temperature on Tuesday was recorded in Oxfordshire peaking at 33.5°C, and although this is by no means as hot as other parts of the world, the UK is not used to elevated temperatures and sustained bouts of heat. The high temperatures, unsurprisingly, resulted in widespread disruption of services, productivity, and sleep patterns.
Summer temperature change to 2080
against a medium C02 emission scenario
“as the string of record-breaking global temperatures continues unabated, June 2016 marks the 14th consecutive month of record-breaking heat”
G&S were recently employed to troubleshoot two modern developments both located on the coast that had been overheating for more than 50% of the year – even with our mild summers. Upon investigation there was seemingly no clear design for summer ventilation in terms of openings, construction mass or cross/stack ventilation; too much south facing glazing with little shading for summer solar gain were typically highlighted as areas to target. We have found similar issues with offices that we have troubleshooted, here however, the added IT loads have exaggerated the issue.
Whilst it’s a great idea to harvest solar gain in winter; designs have to be mindful of summer solar gain also.
Another area where designs fall down is that the weather files used are typically based on past weather data, rather than likely future weather patterns. G&S design using future weather files as developed by Exeter University’s Prometheus project.
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