A Resilient Built Environment for Wales
The construction industry’s new build and refurbishment work must consider the need to adapt and mitigate for the impacts of climate change. CEW represents the built environment sector at the Climate Change Commission for Wales and continues to share best practice on design approaches seeking to create a resilient built environment.
Climate Change Commission for Wales
CEW represents the built environment sector at the Climate Change Commission for Wales (CCCW). The Commission brings together key sectors and organisations across Wales to build agreement on the action needed to tackle climate change in Wales. Members of the Commission represent a wide range of political, business, local authority, third sector and other organisations.
The Climate Change Commission for Wales (CCCW) brings together key sectors and organisations across Wales to build agreement on the action needed to tackle the challenges of climate change in Wales.
The Commission is an independent body providing leadership and advice to Welsh Government, as well as being an open and trusted source of information on climate change.
- Providing Advice
- Mobilising Action
- Building Consensus
Further info available here: http://thecccw.org.uk/
CEW is keen to see projects designing and delivering green infrastructure within their schemes. Whether this is through street trees, gardens, green roofs, community forests, parks, rivers, canals and wetlands there are real long term benefits to be had. More information on the opportunities green infrastructure can provide for the built environment in Wales are available here.
Sustainable Urban Drainage
CEW are working with Welsh Government and the Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Rainscape team to promote sustainable urban drainage design and delivery across Wales. As the team at CIRIA explain, “SuDS recognise the value of rainwater, seeking to capture, use, delay or absorb it, rather than reject it as a nuisance or problem. Sustainable drainage delivers multiple benefits. As well as delivering high quality drainage whilst supporting areas to cope better with severe rainfall, SuDS can also improve the quality of life in developments and urban spaces by making them more vibrant, visually attractive, sustainable and resilient to change by improving urban air quality, regulating building temperatures, reducing noise and delivering recreation and education opportunities.” Are your designs going with the flow?
In November 2015 CIRIA published their updated SuDS Manual (C753) which incorporates the very latest research, industry practice and guidance.