ABOUT THE PROJECT
LIFE Archiclima is a project that Investeko SA is implementing in the years 2021 - 2025 thanks to the financial support of the European Union under the LIFE financial instrument and the Polish National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.
AIM OF THE PROJECT
The overall goal of the project is to increase the climate change resilience of large-scale commercial buildings (shopping centers, airports etc.) by developing and implementing the innovative ARCHICLIMA system for:
1. vulnerability/risk assessment,
2. adaptation planning and application of blue-green infrastructure and ecosystem-based approaches.
OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE
>> The method consists of 4 practical steps. We will refine the final procedure and integrate subjects of assessment. This also includes the methodology on how UHIs are to be mitigated. UHI evaluation will cover both external and internal factors. After approval of the procedure, project staff will go through methodology use training.
>> 32 facilities will be assessed for their vulnerability/risk with focus on precipitation and temperature related hazards: torrential rains, droughts, heat etc.
>> Tailored adaptation plans will be elaborated for 32 existing facilities and accepted by their managers.
>> New green label will be prepared to award facilities which pass assessment's thresholds. The label will be validated by an independent body. Patronages will be acquired.
>> Tailored adaptation measures will be implemented in one demo facility i.e. Katowice International Airport with application of ecosystem-based solutions (blue-green). This is to verify ARCHICLIMA_assessment and planning in practical application, demonstrate selected solutions and to monitor the direct impact on-site.
>>The coalition of entities will be initiated which are focused on adaptation of facilities. 32 facilities which represent various case studies will be selected to join the project. Agreements will be concluded with facility managers. A number of stakeholders will be involved in the project framework.
>> A methodical recognition of best practice in climate adaptation in facilities in the EU will be performed. Adaptopedia, an online catalogue will be launched to disseminate best available adaptation solutions.
>> Measures will be introduced to monitor the impact of the project on: assets maintenance, operational costs, safety & health, environment, etc. Monitoring measures will be introduced to facilities and maintained after LIFE project.
Dissemination among stakeholders and local communities
>> Involvement of key stakeholders is essential. Dissemination strategy is focused on reaping direct benefits of blue-green investments and equipping with tools for rational adaptation planning. In facilities, activities targeted to users have been planned (customers, tenants, passengers, etc.)
>> An After-LIFE action plan will be prepared to replicate, transfer and mainstream Archiclima's new services in European Union countries. This applies in particular to: (1) Archiclima_assessment, (2) Archiclima_planning and (3) the Resilient label.
- The climate change that we observe today brings new threats in the form of frequent extreme phenomena in many regions of EU: heat, torrential rains, urban flash floods or violent storms. These phenomena can no longer be treated as exceptional. In many EU regions they have become the norm, and the frequency of their occurrence in each season is gradually increasing. The consequences of these phenomena constitute significant costs: financial, asset damage, health&safety, environmental and huge damage to reputation.
- In terms of the architecture-climate relationship, of strategic importance are large-scale commercial buildings. They are the most extensive in terms of area and number of objects. This group includes such facilities as: shopping centres, airports, warehouses, logistic centres, etc. Characteristic for these objects are: large area & cubature, solid structure, large surfaces of walls, facades and roofs, large glazing, large sealed parking lots and often extremely low biologically active area in surroundings. The properties listed above place these objects in the group of the highest risk of climate change hazards such as heat waves, flash floods, droughts, storms, etc. and make them more vulnerable to the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect.
Adaptation to climate change is the process of adapting to current and future climatic conditions and their effects in order to increase the resilience of infrastructure and processes against the negative effects of climate change.
32 LARGE-SCALE FACILITIES
will be covered by Archiclima
ARCHICLIMA_assessment + ARCHICLIMA_planning
will be awarded the label
a set of adaptation measures will be implemented
in ONE Demonstration Facility within
PROMOTION OF ARCHICLIMA IN EUROPE
The following package of information and promotion activities has been planned as part of the project:
- 3 conferences
- no less than 32 publications in the media
- 3 promotional films
- 6 prestigious industry events in the EU
- 32 workshops for the facility managers
- 6 workshops for designers, engineers, developers and construction investors Hundreds of ARCHICLIMA_network business meetings
- 32 events and educational campaigns aimed at customers, passengers and tenants of the facilities covered by Archiclima
- Allocation of 5 mini-grants for the best local initiatives that will involve local communities and many accompanying actions.
- MINISTER OF CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT
- GZM METROPOLIS
- MAYOR OF WARSAW
- THE SILESIAN TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
- ASSOCIATION OF POLISH ARCHITECTS
- LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE ASSOCIATION
- MAYOR OF BYDGOSZCZ
- MAYOR OF OLSZTYN
- MAYOR OF BIAŁYSTOK
- SENDZIMIR FOUNDATION
- KLUB GAJA
- PIOTR USZOK - MAYOR OF KATOWICE 1998-2014