Extreme heat – hot cities & risks in the workplace

In a UNDP report, researchers highlight that the impacts of excessive heat on employee productivity are not taken into account, with a risk of heat exhaustion for outdoor workers and those in insufficiently cooled buildings. Working hours in emerging economies could be reduced by as much as 10 per cent due to climate change-induced heatwaves.

With a focus on increasing risk awareness in the profession, Design for Risk and Reconstruction committee is part of American Institute of Architects New York. Their Extreme heat – hot cities report examines the complexities of cooling urban areas, the health risks associated with heatwaves and the impacts of heat on infrastructure.