Climate change and construction sector SMEs : vulnerability, consequences and resilience

Wedawatta, GSD, Ingirige, MJB ORCID: and Jones, K 2009, Climate change and construction sector SMEs : vulnerability, consequences and resilience , in: 8th Meeting of CIB W108 on Climate Change and the Built Environment, 26-27 March 2009, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy.

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Climate change has become one of the prime challenges the society has to face in the future. As far as businesses are concerned, it also has added one other important issue that they have to consider as part of their business planning. Climate change is of significant importance particularly to the Small and Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are considered as the most vulnerable among the business community to the effects of climate change. This paper presents the findings of a literature review conducted with the aim of identifying the specific importance of climate change to the construction sector SMEs. The objectives of the paper are to identify the vulnerability of construction sector SMEs to the effects of climate change, their consequences and also to identify the importance of improving resilience and implementing adaptive measures to manage these issues. The paper also outlines the directions of a study undertaken to address these issues as part of an EPSRC funded research project titled “Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events – CREW”. The paper concludes by stressing the importance of improving the resilience of construction sector SMEs to climate change effects and also the importance of collective action in this regard.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change, Construction, Extreme Weather Events, SMEs, Resilience
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Gayan Wedawatta
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2011 15:30
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2018 13:07

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