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The Effect of Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation Measures on Heat Stress in Retirement Homes in The Netherlands

TJon-En-Fa, N.Y. (2016) The Effect of Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation Measures on Heat Stress in Retirement Homes in The Netherlands.

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Abstract:This research focuses on the effect of climate change mitigation measures and climate change adaptation measures on heat stress in retirement homes. Since elderly are a high risk group for heat stress, retirements are high risk locations for heat stress. Climate change will probably increase and thus also measures that react to or prevent climate change. It is thus important to research the effects of these measures on heat stress. In this research green roofs, increased vegetation and the construction of surface water were researched as climate change mitigation measures. It was found that green roofs and vegetation, if implemented correctly, could lower the risk of heat stress. Surface waters however could increase the risk. Solar panels, heat and cold storage, solar water heaters and wall and roof insulation were researched as climate change adaptation measures in this research. It was found that solar panels, if implemented correctly, could decrease the risk on heat stress. No literature was found for heat and cold storage and solar water heaters. Wall and roof insulation could also decrease the risk of heat stress if implemented accurately. From the empirical research could be concluded that not many retirement homes implemented climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. It is however recommended that retirement homes research climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. Not only because future governance will promote these measures, but also because of pioneer status among peers, financial benefits and positive effects on the risk of heat stress.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77481
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