Climate change means that buildings must greatly reduce their energy consump-tion. It is however paradoxical that climate
mitigation in Denmark has created negative energy and indoor climate problems in housing that may be made
worse by climate change. A literature review has been carried out of housing schemes where climate mitigation was
sought through reduced space heating demand, and it is shown that extensive problems with overheating exist. A theoretical
study of regulative and design strategies for climate mitigation in new build housing has therefore been carried
out, and it is shown that reducing space heating with high levels of thermal insulation and passive solar energy results
in overheating and a growing demand for cooling.
Climate change is expected to reduce space heating and increase cooling demand in housing. An analysis of new
build housing using passive solar energy as a climate mitigation strategy has therefore been carried out in relation to
future climate change scenarios. It is shown that severe indoor comfort problems can occur, questioning the relevance
of passive solar energy as a climate mitigation strategy. In conclusion, a theoretical study of the interplay between climate
adaptation and mitigation strategies is carried out, with a cross-disciplinary focus on users, passive design and
active technologies. It is shown that the cumulative use of these strategies can create an adaptation buffer, thus eliminating
problems with overheating and reducing energy consumption. New build housing should therefore be designed
in relation to both current and future climate scenarios to show that the climate mitigation strategies ensure climate
Keywords: Housing design, Climate Change, Climate Mitigation, Climate Adaptation, Indoor Comfort.
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