Integration of Climate Data in the SAVi Buildings Model

C3S_428h_IISD-EU: Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi): Demonstrating the Business Case for Climate-Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure

By Andrea Bassi, Ronja Bechauf, Liesbeth Casier, Sergio Lago, Georg Pallaske, Oshani Perera, Mahé Perrette, David Uzsoki, Laurin Wuennenberg on September 28, 2020

This report outlines the integration of authoritative Copernicus Climate Data from the Climate Data Store (CDS) into the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) Buildings model. It describes how several climate indicators obtained from the CDS were integrated into SAVi and how its analysis has improved as a result. In light of this integration, IISD can generate sophisticated SAVi-derived analyses on the costs of climate-related risks and climate-related externalities.

This document presents:

  • A summary of the literature review conducted on the impact of weather on buildings.
  • Equations found in the literature that link climate variables to the performance of infrastructure services across all of these subsectors. For example, these services include power generation, irrigation, wastewater treatment, and mobility solutions. In the case of nature-based infrastructure, these services include ecosystem services and their derived infrastructure and climate adaptation benefits.
  • How the above information was used to select relevant indicators from the Copernicus database.
  • An indication of how outputs of the CDS datasets are integrated into the SAVi system dynamics models and how simulation results can be affected using this new and improved set of indicators.

Report details

Climate Change Adaptation
Focus area
ECMWF, 2020