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Built asset management climate change adaptation model

Keith Jones (Department of Engineering and the Built Environment, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK)
Api Desai (Department of Engineering and the Built Environment, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, UK)
Noel Brosnan (Octavia Housing, London, UK)
Justine Cooper (School of Health Sciences, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Fuad Ali (University of Greenwich, London, UK)

International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment

ISSN: 1759-5908

Article publication date: 12 June 2017




The purpose of this paper is to present results of an action research addressing climate change adaptation of selected social housing stock in the UK. Climate change continues to pose major challenges to those responsible for the management of built assets. The adaptation required to address long-term building performance affected by climate change rarely get prioritised above more immediate, short-term needs (general built asset management needs).


The study adopts an in-depth participatory action research with a London-based social landlord and integrates climate change adaptation framework and performance-based model established through author’s previous research projects.


A staged process for including adaptation measures in built asset management strategy is developed along with metrics to analyse the performance of the housing stock against climate change impact of flooding. The prioritisation of adaptation measure implementation into long-term built asset management plans was examined through cost-based appraisal.

Research limitations/implications

The research was carried out with a singular organisation, already acquainted with potential climate change impact, vulnerability and adaptive capacity assessment. The process adopted will differ for similar organisation in the sector with different settings and limited working knowledge of climate change impact assessment.

Practical implications

The paper concludes with a ten-step process developed as an aide memoir to guide social landlords through the climate change adaptation planning process.


In addition to the practical results from the study, the paper outlines a novel process that integrates resilience concepts, risk framing (to climate change impact) and performance management into built asset management (maintenance and refurbishment) planning.



The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council who funded the initial study (Grant Number EP/F035861/1) that developed the theoretical model on which this work was based and the Technology Strategy Board (Project Number 13839-86229) who funded the development of the adaptation strategy.

This paper forms part of a special section “Selected papers from CIB World Building Congress 2016”.


Jones, K., Desai, A., Brosnan, N., Cooper, J. and Ali, F. (2017), "Built asset management climate change adaptation model", International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Vol. 8 No. 3, pp. 263-274.



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