Climate Resilience Labelling

  • Drews, Martin (Project Manager)
  • Nielsen, Marie Rosenlund (Project Participant)
  • Bay, Lisa (Project Participant)

    Project Details


    Due to the effects of climate change, buildings are increasingly exposed to conditions they were not originally designed to cope with. This may in turn lead to an increased risk of damages, decrease property value and instigate the need for improved financial products such as insurance.
    The Climate Resilience Labelling project aims at asserting the scope and potential of implementing a “climate resilience label” for buildings at the relevant scale. In this project, we specifically focus on the risks of flooding caused by heavy rainfall, seawater and/or rising groundwater.
    Unlike the well-known and widely adopted “energy label”, the climate resilience of a building depends not only on the properties of the individual home, rather site-specific flood resilience may be critically affected by factors belonging to, e.g., the neighborhood and/or city levels. As a result, initiatives leading to increased (decreased) resilience at “higher” levels, may positively (negatively) affect the resilience at household level.
    In this project, we want to assert how such a multi-level “climate resilience label” could be implemented (with a geographical focus on Denmark and Sweden) based on two case studies and a comprehensive interview campaign, where we will consult with potential users and suppliers from the private and public sector such as private house-owners, local community groups, municipalities, financial sector (insurance, banks and real estate agents), consultants and engineering companies, entrepreneurs, local authorities and emergency management, etc. Likewise, we will learn from and interact with relevant international initiatives.
    Based on this our main objectives are:
    - Map stakeholders’ perspectives, needs and requirements to secure the usefulness, applicability and uptake of a labelling system
    - Design and plan the potential implementation process
    - Design a prototype and jointly with users carry out pilot studies in Sweden and Denmark
    - Evaluate the system in order to assess its potential and readiness for upscaling
    In general, the project aims to raise awareness and understanding of climate related risks and support capacity building among private house owners, municipalities and service providers.
    In the long run, the project strives to become a stepping-stone towards the provision of new standardized and user-friendly risk information, and for investments and partnerships in climate adaptation projects.
    Short titleCRL
    Effective start/end date01/07/201831/12/2019

    UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action


    • Climate
    • climate change
    • climate change adaptation
    • climate risk
    • label
    • Resilience
    • multi-level
    • flood
    • flooding
    • management


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