The OCCuPANt research questions the status-quo in building regulation and design about overheating risks and provides help to policy-makers in the design of measures to protect the most fragile and often isolated population.
On the strategical level, this project aims at contributing to a better society by indicating the vulnerability of occupants in the indoor environment to the projected impacts of climate change. By the vulnerability classification of Walloon buildings, the research provides information on if, when and where adaptation measures are needed.
The project also provides the necessary basis to evaluate and prioritize the adaptation measures. The project is aimed at safeguarding human health, comfort and productivity inside buildings despite a changing climate, and to achieve this in the most sustainable way, i.e. without compromising climate change mitigation efforts.
The overarching aim is to provide guidance for the policy of local, provincial and regional governments in, among others, spatial planning, energy security and public health. Many stakeholders can be identified, such as local governments, urban designers and planners, health services, housing corporations, buildings engineers, architects and energy companies. Specific stakeholders that will be engaged in this project, but also other parties, include (Liege, Charleroi, Namur, and Brussels).