Gertrud Hatvani-Kovacs

Journal article

Drivers and barriers to heat stress resilience

Highlights Population heat stress resilience was surveyed in Adelaide The empirical benefit of heat stress resistant buildings to health was confirmed Air-conditioning decreases passive adaptation but not necessarily health problems Introducing a Building Energy Performance Certificate was recommended Pre-existing health conditions and tenancy predict higher...
Conference paper

Drivers and barriers to heatwave-resilient building retrofitting in the Australian context

Heatwaves have a mounted interest in the last decade due to their negative impacts on infrastructure, the ecosystem and public health. Population exposure to heat stress is substantially influenced by the resilience of the built environment as people spend the majority of their time indoors...
Journal article

Retrofitting precincts for heatwave resilience: Challenges and barriers in Australian context

As the frequency and intensity of heatwaves are growing in Australia, strategies to combat heat are becoming more vital. Cities are exposed to urban heat islands (UHIs) due to excess urbanisation. In this study, a definition of urban heatwave (UHW) is conceptualised to investigate the...
Audio interview

Calls to change building code for heat stress resistance

There are calls for changes to the nation's building code to ensure homes are heat stress resistant in summer. A study has found new 'energy efficient' homes can actually be less resistant to heat than older double-brick homes. As a result, Australian's are becoming more...
Journal article

Heat stress-resistant building design in the Australian context

In Australia, heatwaves are the deadliest natural hazard and a major driver of peak electricity demand. The disproportionately high peak demand increases electricity prices, causes occasional blackouts and exacerbates energy poverty, all of which limit one’s ability to use air conditioning. Meanwhile, increased energy efficiency...