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15 December 2014

Mott MacDonald to study climate resilience in buildings in five countries

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to carry out a regional study on the climate resilience of buildings in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey. The study will provide a framework for a series of targeted country-specific assessments.

Residential, commercial and public buildings in these highly urbanised countries account for significant levels of energy and water use and are directly affected by climate change. They are often poorly adapted to cope with existing climatic conditions and current building codes and standards do not take into account anticipated increases in heat and water stress.

The study will identify commercially viable technologies and practices to improve climate resilience and resource efficiency of these buildings. It will also assess the scope for financing these technologies and help develop country-specific priority policies to support investment.

Ian Allison, Mott MacDonald’s global head of climate resilience, said: “Risks associated with climate change and extreme weather events can affect all sectors of the environment, society and the economy, so proportional climate adaptation is essential. Rapid and cross-sector coordination is required to share information and integrate strategies in order to mitigate its affects.”

“Mott MacDonald has a broad range of experience in undertaking technical and economic assessments, against a complex matrix of future risks, to deliver low-impact buildings. Together with a successful track record of delivering vulnerability assessments, we will draw on this expertise to assist in developing mitigation and adaptation strategies to help governments implement intervention strategies across the world.”

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