Climate change and the UK house building sector: perceptions, impacts and adaptive capacity
This paper explores how climate change could affect the UK house-building sector, focusing on the question of how companies can adapt to changing climatic conditions. It presents the results of in-depth interviews in five house-building companies in the UK. We start from the assumption that climate change is only one driver among many, including technological innovation, shifting consumer expectations and changing regulation that the industry faces. This approach draws on insights that are well-established in the management and innovation literatures, but have often been neglected in studies of climate change. We report research about the perceptions of house builders about future impacts of climate change, potential adaptation measures that may be open to them and their ability to carry out these measures. The paper draws conclusions about the challenges that climate change presents to the UK house building industry.
Hertin, J., F. Berkhout, D.M. Gann and J. Barlow, 2003: Climate change and the UK house building sector: perceptions, impacts and adaptive capacity. Building Research and Information, 31 , 278 -290.
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