The 5 Degrees of Forced Climate Refugees: Negative carbon and positive energy eco-cycle housing solutions

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Abstract

Severe climate and weather events together with political conflicts linked to climate change are the most pressing driving forces for critical numbers of people to leave their homes seeking safe haven. Climate refugees are becoming the next captious challenge we will face. Temporary refugee settlements prove to have high environmental burdens given the short lifespan of the industrial materials produced with high embodied carbon that they are built with. Despite this finding, alternative natural-based low impact materials with a carbon neutral production and construction process do exist. This paper presents the outcomes of a one-year project in designing and constructing a negative carbon and positive energy eco-cycle home. The idea is to achieve a self-sufficient and low impact temporary shelter design with the lowest carbon emissions during construction and after demolition. The design complies with
premium passive house standards and was constructed in an experimental urban living lab for proof of concept. The house is now under monitoring to evaluate its performance. The project was carried out in Sweden, but the methodology could be applied in other climatic contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart and Healthy within the 2-degree Limit : Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture
EditorsEdward Ng, Square Fong, Chao Ren
PublisherThe Chinese University of Hong Kong
Publication date10 Dec 2018
ISBN (Print)978-962-8272-36-5
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventPLEA 2018 - Passive Low Energy Architecture: Smart and Healthy within the 2-degree Limit - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 10 Dec 201812 Dec 2018

Conference

ConferencePLEA 2018 - Passive Low Energy Architecture
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period10/12/201812/12/2018

Keywords

  • Climate refugees
  • Eco-cycle design
  • Negative carbon
  • Positive energy
  • Urban living labs

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