Adaptation Costs and Benefits Residential Buildings

The Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) of the United Kingdom provides expert advice and scrutiny through the UK’s Climate Change Committee, to ensure that the Government's programme for adaptation enables the UK to prepare effectively for the impacts of climate change. The ASC's second assessment focuses on how well the UK is prepared to deal with climate change impacts and risks. It sets out a range of indicators against which the UK's progress will be measured, and focuses on three priority areas of land-use planning, managing water resources, and the design and renovation of buildings as adaptation measures. Recommendations are made for the development of Government's National Adaptation Strategy.

Ecofys supported the ASC’s second assessment, in working on a project to identify low-regrets options for residential buildings sector focussing on flooding, water stress and overheating. The project manager, Sarah Hendel-Blackford and colleagues researched the critical climate thresholds which if exceeded, result in damage to residential buildings. Ecofys then used the UKCP09 climate projections and tailored model runs to determine the probability of how often critical thresholds would be exceeded under future climate change. This project was led by Aecom; the ASC’s report identified three key opportunities for adaptation in the areas of: water efficiency, flood protection and summer cooling.

Please find the report at:


Sarah Hendel-Blackford
Energy Policies
Adapting to climate change in the UK (ASC CCC)