Expert Sensitises Architecture Students on Climate Change Effects
Architects have the responsibility of having the right mix of variables in place in the design and building of properties in order to guard against adverse effects of climate change, an accomplished architect and teacher Wole Adebayo has warned.
Adebayo, who was the Guest Speaker at the Town and Gown Seminar recently of the Department of Architecture at Covenant University, Canaan Land, 0ta, said the proposed trend of development in architecture as it relates to Nigeria is concerned with issues of energy conservation.
He described climate change as,” a large scale long-term shift in global or regional weather patterns attributed largely to increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse effect thereby resulting in Global warming.”
Adebayo said: “The degeneration of building components, human discomfort, energy shortage, building collapse and fire outbreak are a few of the effects of climate change on buildings.”
The design roles of practicing architects, he outlined,”include adaptation and mitigation, sustainable green architecture, material choice, type of energy source, site planning and building orientation, solar control and shading devices, seismic designs and use of energy rating software.”
Head of the Architecture Department, Dr. Ibem Eziyi, who lauded the guest speaker and members of the department for making the event a success, urged the students to apply principles taught for their individual development.