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COP26 #BuildingsPavilion - Lessons from the vernacular and historic built environment (Climate Heritage Network)


Buildings Pavilion - Boardroom (Hall 4)

COP26 #BuildingsPavilion

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08 nov 2021 Boardroom: Lessons from vernacular built environment from Slidecrew on Vimeo.

Place: Buildings Pavilion - Boardroom (Hall 4) 16 places available

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 GMT


The Climate Heritage Network presented a whistle-stop introduction to the power of the past: the practical benefits and future solutions inherent in the vernacular architecture, coming to us from a low-energy no-carbon past, using local materials and skills to make sustainable solutions for local climates. Speakers from across the world developed the theme of localism, and the resources and knowledge waiting to be exploited. As one speaker pointed out, we really don't need to reinvent the wheel - the solutions for adaptation and mitigation are already out there. Powerful messages, engagingly illustrated with examples from Benin, India, the US and UK, Slovenia, Argentina, Thailand, and Turkey.


This event, organized by Climate Heritage Network, is a conversation between specialists in vernacular and historic built environment from around the world that focuses on three themes:

  • The relationship between buildings and climate
  • Understanding the through life carbon of buildings
  • The future for the vernacular and historic built environment


  • Hannah Fluck, Head of Environmental Strategy at Historic England
  • Peter Hexly, president of the American institute of architects
  • Ibrahim Tchan, executive director Corps des Volontaires Béninois
  • Rosie Paul, Architect ad Director of Maisons Inc.
  • Sarah Sutton, CEO of environmental and Culture Partners
  • Adala Leeson, Historic England
  • Lori Ferris, Architect and Conservater
  • Lana Nastja Anžur
  • Mauro Garcia Santa Cruz, Architect and Coordinator at the Climate and Heritage initiative
  • Dr. Warathida Chaiyapa, Assistant Director of Chiang Mai University, School of Public Policy
  • Dr Ceylan Irem Gencer, Associate Professor, Yildiz Technical University