Climate Change Impacts on Built Environment: A Systematic Review

Bawantha Rathnayaka, Chandana Siriwardana, Dilanthi Amaratunga, Richard Haigh, Dilan Robert

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The built environment has to play an essential role in day-to-day activities of the human being because of urbanization and rapid increase of the basic needs of the human. The built environment mainly consists of buildings (residential and commercial) and infrastructures such as water, transportation, electricity, energy, telecommunication, health, and wastewater management. Some infrastructure sectors become critical among these infrastructures as societal well-being fundamentally relies on those infrastructure’s reliability. These infrastructure sectors are openly defined as critical infrastructures (CIs). The climate has undergone a dramatic change causing severe natural hazards all over the world. Over the past years, the buildings and CIs have significantly been affected by the disaster and extreme weather conditions. Several scholars have attempted to identify climate change impacts on CIs and buildings in the built environment context. This paper includes a systemic review of the literature available in this area focusing on infrastructures in terms of CIs and buildings in the context of the built environment. This study has drawn on a review of scholarly articles which has been recently published SCOPUS database. This study employed the PRISMA model for the literature screening. Among 6140 records published between 2010 and 2020, 60 articles have been included and reviewed in this study. Then impacts of climate change on CIs, residential buildings, and commercial buildings are identified and summarized. Findings from the study show the importance of identifying impacts of climate change toward sustainable urban policies and regulations toward a more resilient built environment in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the ICSECM 2021
EditorsRanjith Dissanayake, Priyan Mendis, Kolita Weerasekera, Sudhira De Silva, Shiromal Fernando, Chaminda Konthesingha
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9789811928864
ISBN (Print)9789811928857
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sep 2022
Event12th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management - Kandy, Sri Lanka
Duration: 18 Dec 202119 Dec 2021
Conference number: 12

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


Conference12th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management
Abbreviated titleICSECM 2021
Country/TerritorySri Lanka


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