Managing the risks of climate change

Brian Kilroy and Nolan Wilkens outline the risks that the effects of climate change pose for buildings and how to mitigate them through insurance.

2018 brought with it some of the most erratic weather extremes the UK has ever seen. However, extreme and fluctuating weather conditions are traditionally tough on the built environment. Cold temperatures have the potential to alter the materials used in structures, as does the increase in moisture through snow and rain. Cracks in buildings due to thermal movement are common, as is flooding that could compromise the structural integrity of the building.