1st Edition

Building Governance and Climate Change Regulation and Related Policies

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    The contribution of buildings to climate change is widely acknowledged. This book investigates how building regulatory systems are addressing the current and future effects of climate change, and how these systems can be improved. After presenting a comprehensive overview of how the current building regulatory system developed, some of the inadequacies are identified. The largest part of the book examines the potential for innovative policy solutions to address the real world problem of mitigating and adapting buildings to climate change. This publication contributes significantly to our understanding of the complexities of long-term energy efficiency in buildings. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Building Research & Information journal.

    Introduction: Building governance and climate change: roles for regulation and related polices H. Visscher, J. Laubscher and E. Chan

    Part I: Impact of building regulations on the built environment

    1. Sustainability and resiliency objectives in performance building regulations B. J. Meacham

    2. The realpolitik of building codes: overcoming practical limitations to climate resilience S. Shapiro

    Part II: Inadequacy of current building regulatory systems

    3. Transforming building regulatory systems to address climate change D. A. Eisenberg

    4. The impact of regulations on overheating risk in dwellings M. Mulville and S. Stravoravdis

    Part III: Addressing the performance gap

    5. Framework for selecting occupancy-focused energy interventions in buildings A. Karatas, A. Stoiko and C.C. Menassa

    6. Improved governance for energy efficiency in housing H. Visscher, F. Meijer, D. Majcen and L. Itard

    Part IV: Innovative policy solutions

    7. Energy efficiency and the policy mix J. Rosenow, T. Fawcett, N. Eyre and V. Oikonomou

    8. Alternative building emission-reduction measure: outcomes from the Tokyo Cap-and-Trade Program Y. Nishida, Y. Hua and N. Okamoto

    9. Governance strategies to achieve zero-energy buildings in China J. Zhang, N. Zhou, A. Hinge, W. Feng and S. Zhang

    10. Multilevel governance for building energy conservation in rural China K. Sha and S. Wu

    11. The evolution of green leases: towards inter-organizational environmental governance K. B. Janda, S. Bright, J. Patrick, S. Wilkinson and T. J. Dixon

    Part V: Historic buildings

    12. Governance of heritage buildings: Australian regulatory barriers to adaptive reuse S. Conejos, C. Langston, E.H.W. Chan and M.Y. L. Chew

    Part VI: Financial incentives

    13. Regulatory incentives for green buildings: gross floor area concessions Q. K. Qian, K. Fan and E.H.W. Chan

    Part VII: Future governance

    14. The new governance for low-carbon buildings: mapping, exploring, interrogating J. Van der Heijden

    15. Reducing CO2 emissions from residential energy use P. Drummond and P. Ekins

    Part VIII: Enforcement

    16. Comparative review of building commissioning regulation: a quality perspective S.-F. Lord, S. Noye, J. Ure, M.G. Tennant and D. J. Fisk


    Richard Lorch studied architecture at Washington University, USA, and the University of Cambridge, UK, and is a licensed architect. He is a researcher, writer, policy consultant on energy and buildings, and the editor in chief of Building Research & Information.

    Jacques Laubscher is a practising architect and academic. He is currently head of the technology research group in the Department of Architecture at the Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa.

    Edwin H. W. Chan is a Chartered Architect (Authorized Person), Chartered Surveyor and also a Barrister-at-Law called to the UK and Hong Kong Bars. He obtained his Ph.D. from King’s College, University of London, UK.

    Henk Visscher is Full Professor in Housing Quality and Process Innovation at Delft University of Technology, where he is director of the Graduate School in the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.