Energy use in buildings and for building construction represents more than one-third of global final energy consumption and contributes to nearly one-quarter of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions worldwide. A growing population, as well as rapid growth in purchasing power in emerging economies and developing countries means that energy demand in buildings could increase by 50% by 2050. At the same time, global building floor area is expected to double by 2050, driving energy demand and related GHG emissions for construction.

On the other hand, the building sector offers the largest cost-effective...

facilitating the worldwide transition towards

low energy & ghg and resilient real estate


Buildings direct and indirect related emissions under the responsibility of the building sector (energy consumption for heating and cooling, hot water and lighting; leakage of F-gas; energy and GHG embedded in Building materials) represent today nearly 20% of the worldwide GHG emissions. Meanwhile the building floor area should double by 2050. The success of the implementation of the Paris agreement needs a real transition towards low energy, low GHG and resilient Buildings. The GABC's challenge is to facilitate this worldwide transition by reinforcing clear actions and initiatives of all stakeholders of the building sector value chain.

This transition integrates in a new energy paradigm. Indeed, energy policy has been structured by supply issues. Now the falling prices of renewable technologies open the possibility of phasing out fossil energies in almost all sectors, including the building and construction one. Yet, guaranteeing access to energy for all to have a good life quality and comfort cannot be accomplished by a simple substitution of energy sources. This requires to guide energy policies towards the notion of energy services and energy demand, as an in-depth transformation of the energy demand is needed. This is difficult to achieve as energy demand is complex to plan. Developed countries should decrease their energy consumption per inhabitant, whereas the other countries should guarantee an access to energy that would allow a satisfying life quality and comfort per inhabitant, by at the same time reducing the environmental impact. Within this context, the GABC offers the possibility to foster cooperation among countries and connect them in a collective and unified effort to plan energy demand.

support & commitments
His Excellency Minister Mohammed Nabil Benabdallah, Kingdom of Morocco

"[The GABC] is also a platform for sharing and exchanging good practices and experiences."

His Excellency Minister Abdoulaye Balde, Republic of Senegal

"This Alliance will enable us to capitalize on achievements, pool efforts and promote innovation."

Her Excellency Minister Emmanuelle Cosse, French Republic

"Everywhere and immediately more efficient buildings are needed."

Ms Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council

"Over the coming years, net zero buildings will help individual countries to achieve their INDCs."

Her Excellency Minister Ségolène Royal, French Republic

"The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction [...] is a major milestone."

GABC news and upcoming events

Join us for the GABC workshop & ministerial panel 20 & 21 March 2017 in Berlin, Germany

Organised by the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMWi) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), this event allows GABC partners to present and discuss work of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC) during 2016 and 2017, focussing especially on elaborating a common narrative and key messages, further developing the GABC Global Roadmap, and identifying an effective governance structure. Following the GABC workshop, the official BETD evening reception  will take place in the Kino International...

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