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

Gayan Wedawatta, Bingunath Ingirige, Keith Jones

Research output: Chapter in Book/Published conference outputConference publication


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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th meeting of CIB W108
Subtitle of host publicationclimate change and the built environment
Place of PublicationRotterdam (NL)
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event8th Workshop and Meeting of the CIB W108 - Milan, Italy
Duration: 26 Mar 200927 Mar 2009

Publication series

NameCIB publication


Workshop8th Workshop and Meeting of the CIB W108
OtherClimate Change and the Built Environment


  • climate change
  • SMEs
  • construction
  • extreme weather
  • resilience


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