DCA01 Designing for Climate Change Adaption

About this course

The course is about adapting built environments to climate change. It describes changes in climate that are projected under global warming and provides guidance on how these can be addressed in buildings.

What this course offers

The course describes climate change projections and how built environments can be adapted for these.  Taking the course will provide you with knowledge, skills and processes that will make you more capable of adapting built environments for climate change. 

What you will learn

The following topics will be covered by the course.

1.Climate change projections and adaptation

Climate change projections for South Africa will be outlined. Adaptation to these changes and the concepts of exposure, vulnerability and resilience will be described.

2. Increased average temperatures and number of very hot days

Settlement and built environment adaptations for hotter temperatures and very hot days will be presented.

3. Droughts and water shortages

Settlement and built environment adaptations for droughts and water shortages will be presented.

4. Extreme weather and flooding

Settlement and built environment adaptations for extreme weather and flooding will be presented.

5. Are there tools and guides that you can use? 

Tools and guides that you can use to develop buildings that are more resilient to climate change are presented.

How you will learn

The course is online and you will be able to access the following resources

  • Course presentation
  • Course book
  • Course quiz
  • Templates and guides
  • Course work
  • Additional reading

The course is self-paced and you can work through the material in your own time. Course numbers are capped, so the length of access to courses will be limited to provide access to new participants. However, we aim to provide access for at least 1 month.

Course certificate

A course certificate can be provided should you wish to receive formal confirmation of your successful completion of the course. For this, you must download and apply tools and guides provided and submit coursework. This will be reviewed by the Course Instructor and, where requirements are met, a course certificate will be issued.

What do I need to attend the course?

You will need access to the Internet and a Gmail account with a password to access the course.  

Who developed the course?

The course was developed by Instructors who have designed and run management and technical courses for the United Nations, government departments, universities, professional bodies and community organisations.   

Accessing the course, course books, tools and guides

Access to the course enables you to view the presentations, the course book, tools and guides, the additional reading, the coursework and take the quiz. Please contact us with your Gmail address and the course you would like to attendĀ here.

Course books, tools and guides can be viewed online during the course. If you would like to download and use these, these may be available through the shop.