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 GHG mitigation potential, with net cost savings and economic gains possible through implementation of existing technologies, policies and building designs.

In order to meet this challenge and to bridge this gap, the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC) was launched at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) Buildings Day in Paris on the 3rd of December 2016. It was initiated by France and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) to bring together the building and construction industry, countries and stakeholders to raise awareness and facilitate the global transition towards for low-emission, energy-efficient buildings. With its creation, GABC members acknowledged that the buildings and construction sector can contribute significantly to achieving climate goals and the common objective of limiting global warming to well-below 2 Celsius (2°C).

facilitating the worldwide transition towards

low energy & ghg and resilient real estate

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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
Former 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."

Former 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."

Former Minister Ségolène Royal, French Republic

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

GABC news and upcoming events

The GABC at COP23

During the recently concluded COP23, the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC) hosted a series of events between the 9th and 13th of November 2017 to emphasize and strengthen the relevance of the buildings and construction sector in the climate change debate.

The first event, the Building Action Symposium, was held on 9 November 2017 at the Bonn premises of GIZ. This event showcased the role, activities, and the initial results of the work of the GABC and its working groups, including...


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