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Quick assessment model to select relevant climate measures for businesses premises

Smelt, E. (2022) Quick assessment model to select relevant climate measures for businesses premises.

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Abstract:There is a need to adapt the built environment of business parks to the future impact of the effects of climate change. This paper confirms, inspires and prioritizes measures that business premises owners, within the built environment of business parks, should consider to minimize the influences of climate change using a quick assessment model. To achieve that a quick assessment model is developed that supports the decision-making process of business premises owners regarding ‘the implementation relevance’ of climate measures. The quick assessment model determines ‘the implementation relevance’ using three indicators: suitability, necessity and preferability. For the implementation of the model has ‘the design cycle’ of Wieringa (2014) been used in which the main steps are problem investigation, treatment design, and validation. During the problem investigation, the three indicators, as mentioned above, have been determined as essential indicators to create the ‘quick assessment model’. The essence of this ‘quick assessment model’ is that with the least amount of input, owners effort and business premises parameters the most detailed model output can be achieved for the customer. The customer in the quick assessment model is a business owner or location director and the guide of the implementation of the ‘quick assessment model’ is a consultancy agency. Using suitability assures that eleven business premises characteristics are considered. While necessity takes into account the degree to which the business premises experience flooding, heat stress or drought. Preferability considers whether the business premises owners have a personal preference to implement measures related to climate adaptation, the energy transition and nature inclusive building. Both ‘the filling out process’ and ‘the model outcome’ of the quick assessment model determines and prioritizes the measures businesses premises owners could, or should, implement. Especially, ‘the filling out process’ was seen as beneficial during the study underlying this paper to help business owners with confirming that planned measures should still be implemented. Besides confirming, it also inspires them with other, sometimes alternative, measures they could, or should, implement. The quick assessment model, as described in this paper, prioritizes the order in which measures have to be implemented to achieve the highest resilience to the effects of climate change. Key words: climate adaptation, nature inclusive building, energy transition, business parks, business premises
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Civil Engineering and Management MSc (60026)
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