Are London’s buildings making the city warmer?

As London’s population grows experts have warned that city could get hotter.

In 2013, the glare from the 37-floor skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street melted parked vehicles and damaged local shops.

Architect Phil Coffey explained how in that instance “there was a issue to do with how the sun was focussed and now there is shading on the building”.

He added: “The energy we use is expelled into the environment and makes it a hotter place… buildings absorb heat and let heat out so we have to think about the spaces between buildings as well as the spaces inside buildings.”

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