Environmental Sustainability Through Architecture : Climate Change

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ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH ARCHITECTURE

Introduction:
Climate change is an important topic as it affects all of society as well as the globes ecosystems. Many professions have the ability to combat climate change and its effects. This essay will look at the roles and responsibilities of an Architect and the influence they can have on the mitigation and adaption of climate climate change through the profession. The following discussion will focus on defining and explaining climate change, defining an architect and outlining their roles and responsibilities and finally addressing how the profession of architect can influence mitigation and adaption strategies. An architect does play a significant role in the influence and enforcement of mitigation and adaptive strategies in an effort to improve sustainability.

Climate Change and Profession:
Climate change:
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) defines climate change as change in the state of the climate that can be identified by changes in the mean and/or variability of its properties, and that persists for an extended period … It refers to any change in climate over time, whether due to natural variability or as a result of human activity (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2007).
Climate change was first investigated by Fourier in 1824. His investigations looked at the natural greenhouse effect and how “the temperature [of the Earth] can be augmented by the interposition of the atmosphere,…
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