Sustainability in Energy and Buildings: Research Advances ISSN 2054-3743

PublisherFuture Technology Press
Vol. 9Sustainability in Energy, Buildings, Design and Manufacturing Short Papers
Article Title Using local and traditional building techniques to develop, implement and test a new Building Code protocol for the Caribbean, enabling resilience from the challenges of climate change reality
Primary AuthorMr Evan Owen-Powell, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
Other Author(s)John Littlewood
Pages26 - 35
Article IDSEB21s-009
Publication Date15-Feb-23
AbstractThe Eastern Caribbean in the West Indies is envisaged to experience an increase in climate-related damage between 22% and 77% by 2100. This threat from a changing climate is likely to exacerbate already existing vulnerabilities in the built environment. Building Codes are generally regarded as powerful regularity tools for increasing people’s safety and resilience in housing but are not always adhered to in countries in the Eastern Caribbean, where resources and technical training are often scarce. The research project documented in this paper is part of the first author’s Professional Doctorate in Sustainable Built Environment (DSBE), which proposes to mitigate this lack of adherence to Building Codes in lower income housing in Antigua and Barbuda, part of the Leeward Islands, Eastern Caribbean, by the development, implementation and testing of a protocol that it is hoped will facilitate compliance with building code standards already developed in the country. This could enhance resilience from the challenges posed by climate change. This change in approach, from a list-based Western approach to building code compliance, to a more flexible demonstrative approach, will also potentially unlock development loan finance to more – and better - lower income housing, and incentivize local builders to construct buildings that adhere to the building code in the first instance, as well as provide them with a pathway to do so.
RemarksPaper presented at KES International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings(KES-SEB-21),16-17 September 2021, KES Virtual Conference Centre.
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