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Climate change in the world challenge civil construction to adapt buildings

The recent heat wave in Europe, the United States and China showed limitations of construction processes and materials. In England, a predominantly temperate country, temperatures above 40 degrees led to the melting of asphalt on roads (read and see) and the runway damage at Luton Airport (here). Remember that we published about Pacoima, a neighborhood in Los Angeles that "painted" the streets with a material to reflect sunlight (recall) ? Apart from fires across the United States (see map). And in China it was the roof of a museum that melted (click to read). That is, due to the composition of the materials, the infrastructure in several places would be outdated for the present day. According to Liedi Bernucci, professor at the Polytechnic School of USP, regarding high temperatures, Brazil has already done some homework: “The heat of a tropical country like ours has made materials researchers develop asphalt capable of withstanding soil temperature of up to 70°C, for example, in Rio de Janeiro. Click on the image below - about another problem, the wind, in a drawing by @Lfdesign_bayarea - to read more in an article by Engenharia Compartilhada, same source of another very cool article we posted a few weeks ago, the "Pyramid of Building Materials", an interactive tool developed by the Center for Industrialized Architecture (CINARK) of the Royal Danish Academy. Click here to recall.


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