The climate change that we observe today brings new threats in the form of frequent extreme phenomena in many regions of EU: heat, torrential rains, urban flash floods or violent storms. These phenomena can no longer be treated as exceptional. In many EU regions they have become the norm, and the frequency of their occurrence in each season is gradually increasing. The consequences of these phenomena constitute significant costs: financial, asset damage, health&safety, environmental and huge damage to reputation.
In terms of the architecture-climate relationship, of strategic importance are large-scale commercial buildings. They are the most extensive in terms of area and number of objects. This group includes such facilities as: shopping centres, airports, warehouses, logistic centres, etc. Characteristic for these objects are: large area & cubature, solid structure, large surfaces of walls, facades and roofs, large glazing, large sealed parking lots and often extremely low biologically active area in surroundings. The properties listed above place these objects in the group of the highest risk of climate change hazards such as heat waves, flash floods, droughts, storms, etc. and make them more vulnerable to the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect.
Adaptation to climate change is the process of adapting to current and future climatic conditions and their effects in order to increase the resilience of infrastructure and processes against the negative effects of climate change.
OBJECTIVES OF THE LIFE ARCHICLIMA PROJECT
The overall goal of the project is to increase the climate change resilience of large-scale commercial buildings (shopping canters, airports etc.) by developing and implementing the innovative ARCHICLIMA system for: (1) vulnerability/risk assessment, (2) adaptation planning and application of blue-green infrastructure and ecosystem-based approaches. These facilities are key hotspots for climate hazards in the urban tissue.