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How does global warming affect the future of housing?
If there is one thing that is certain in the world, it's that climate change will have a serious effect on the Earth and its environment over the coming decades. While there may be disagreements amongst some scientists and politicians as to the causes, the increase in the concentration of CO2 is already affecting weather patterns throughout the world.
Global warming, as it is generally known, is leading to the melting of the polar ice caps, resulting in rising sea levels and unpredictable and frequently severe weather. In many countries, these effects have already led to the destruction of property caused by high winds, in the form of hurricanes and tornadoes, devastating floods and rampant wildfires.
In the UK, advisers to the government claim that not enough is being done to deal with the risks that climate change brings. The Committee on Climate Change (CCS) asserts that cash shortages mean that 75 per cent of flood defences are not adequately maintained. Flooding risks are therefore likely to increase, the committee states.
How homeowners can be helped to deal with climate change
The UK has experienced very harsh weather in recent years, with storms leading to structural damage to homes and businesses and floods ravaging several communities. Thought needs to be given to how homes can be strengthened to help withstand extremes of weather and an experienced property management company, such as VFM Property Management is on hand to help its clients to look at ways of securing their homes and businesses further.
It is not just floods and winds that are a problem as hot weather can cause difficulties as well. Overheated premises may threaten the health of employees or those living in a private house or flat, especially if they are elderly, young or vulnerable. Homeowners should seek advice from their property management company, as making improvements will have a positive impact on the wellbeing of those living there as well as helping to maintain or increase property values.
One simple way to help mitigate the effects of extremes of temperature and strong winds is to cover windows with shutters. Solid wooden shutters are designed to retain heat when it's cold outside and form a layer of insulation when there’s a heat wave. They also provide protection for windows against high winds; VFM Property Management London can give advice on helpful ways to tackle the effects of climate change.
Reducing everyone's carbon footprint is an essential part of combating global warming, so future properties will have to be built of sustainable materials and be as energy efficient as possible, thus minimising the nation’s reliance on traditional forms of energy supply. Solar panels, which are more efficient and effective than ever, could become a staple part of new housing design, together with appliances that are water efficient.
The future of house construction in an era of climate change requires local authorities, architects and designers to take the lead, making a credible investment in future housing stock and laying careful plans for what lies ahead.
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