Introduction. Resilience to Climate Change in the Built Environment in Southern Europe

  • Aurora Monge-Barrio
  • Ana Sánchez-Ostiz Gutiérrez
Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)


Warming conditions derived from climate change directly affect the thermal behaviour and energy consumption of residential buildings. In Southern Europe, warmer temperatures in winter and summer and extreme heat-related events impact all population, but especially the most vulnerable, namely the elderly, people with disabilities and long-term illnesses and people in energy poverty. Residential buildings have an important share of the energy consumption in the European context, and they are characterized by their intergenerational population and different socio-economic statuses. Climate-Ready residential buildings must lean on passive measures from the very beginning of building design, aiming at future scenarios without forgetting current climate conditions, and constitute a challenge to architects and engineers.


Climate-ready Vulnerable population Warming conditions Heatwaves Ageing People in energy poverty Retrofit measures 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aurora Monge-Barrio
    • 1
  • Ana Sánchez-Ostiz Gutiérrez
    • 2
  1. 1.School of ArchitectureUniversity of NavarraPamplonaSpain
  2. 2.School of ArchitectureUniversity of NavarraPamplonaSpain

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