On 19 July, temperatures in excess of 40°C were recorded across the UK, with as many as 46 weather stations exceeding the previous record of 38.7°C. Recent research from the MET Office indicates that climate change is causing heatwaves to be more frequent, intense and long-lasting in the UK.
However, a report from the Climate Change Committee highlights that more than 570,000 properties have been constructed since 2016 that are not fit for high temperatures, with another 1.5m set to be built in the next five years. With this in mind, REHAU is highlighting the need to adopt more innovative strategies to help better equip new and existing building stock for increasing occurrences of extreme weather.
Franz Huelle, Head of Technical at REHAU Building Solutions, said: “As we all can attest, the high temperatures recently observed in July made for an uncomfortable living and working environment. However, with all research pointing towards extreme weather events becoming more frequent, we need to ensure that we are equipped to deal with such temperatures.