Climate change will affect construction developments

Future building projects will have to take into account the findings of new research on how climate change will affect developments.

Met Éireann and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage have produced a series of maps and reports modelling how extremes of climate will impact building standards.

Met Éireann has also produced new reports that utilise the driving rain index (an important climatological consideration when designing buildings) and maps extremes in temperature, soil temperature, snow loadings and rainfall frequencies.

It has updated its modelling to account for shorter “return” periods – the passage of time between a severe weather event and the likelihood of it reoccurring.