Secondly to deal with adaptation to climate change, so far as it allows us to do so. It’s important that there is a wide ranging contribution to industry forums, working groups, workshops and so on, to identify best practice and opportunities for adaptation in the built environment. This helps in achieving a full, concerted response to Defra's Climate Change Risk Assessment 2012 the first official report on the risks of climate change specifically to the UK (see BBC report here).
Getting wide involvement of stakeholders in the built environment in the process of adapting to climate change helps generate more and better solutions. Increased summer temperatures, such as those recently experienced in the UK, can mean overheating inside buildings and around them, so to avoid adverse effects on people’s health, concentration and productivity appropriate measures to cool and shade buildings and spaces are required, such as: judicious placement and use of trees; covered areas with open sides.