Climate-resilient cooling adapted for cities and buildings
The effects of heatwaves in cities are significantly overlooked. As time passes, they will occur more often and last longer, increasing the likelihood of severe and irreversible impacts on people and ecosystems. The EU-funded ResCool project is targeting an advanced building energy simulation to assess the thermal interactions with the urban microclimate under climate change scenarios, aimed at supporting the climate-resilient design of cities under ever more frequent heatwaves. The project will develop and validate a reliable methodology to evaluate the heat vulnerability of cities; identify climate-related hazards and risks of reference urban contexts in Europe; select the best available climate-resilient solutions to strengthen the adaptive capacity of cities; and develop a climate-resilient cooling action plan and a decision-support tool for the sustainable development of urban planning policies.