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COP28#BuildingsPavilion: The Fifth Industrial Revolution & Closing the Carbon Loop
| 15:00 - 16:30 Gulf Standard Time (GST)


Lead organisation(s): SOM, DGNB, IFPEB, Autodesk

Format: Panel discussion & Presentation, hybrid

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The Fifth Industrial Revolution will mark an era of truth and action: an era beyond zero emissions and human-centric design. The evolution of the built environment is essential to the success of this industrial revolution! Accounting for 40% of all global carbon emissions, the building sector must adopt a holistic and actionable approach to support this movement. A fundamental shift is urgently required in how we address sustainability, responsibly apply new technology, and reconsider our standards for the built environment.

Net zero standards must balance embodied and operational carbon, while also emphasizing resiliency and user wellbeing through effective integration of smart technologies. Across projects, businesses, and policies, a collective whole-life cycle approach must operate based on the development of shared measuring tools, a common global language to calculate and monitor carbon, and collaboration among stakeholders and business leaders. Collective metrics will better define what is fact versus fiction, clearly illuminating achievable steps toward a net-zero future.

The Fifth Industrial Revolution is an opportunity for us to positively shape our future with zero carbon and human-centric approaches beneficial to both people and the planet. From architectural to technology industries, there is a shared responsibility to facilitate the adaptation of our built environments to our new era.


  • Moderator: Vincent Martinez, President & COO, Architecture 2030
  • SOM Principal Yasemin Kologlu, RIBA, LEED
  • DGNB, Christine Lemaitre, CEO
  • IFPEB, Marine Girard
  • Autodesk Climate Innovation and Impact Director, Ryan Macpherson



Agenda item 


20 minutes

Introduction/Keynote Presentation

  • Define the Fifth Industrial Revolution and understand the built environment’s role in this movement
  • Discuss principles SOM is shaping and adopting to respond to the impact of climate change and go beyond net zero

Architecture 2030

45 minutes

Panel discussion

  • DGNB highlights “Out of the comfort zone”
  • IFPEB discusses the “Sufficiency as a key buildings’ decarbonization lever: myth or reality?” 
  • SOM discusses the role the built environment plays in the Fifth Industrial Revolution. The opportunities for concrete action towards a net zero and human-centric design.
  • Autodesk discusses “Mind Over Carbon: The Crucial Role of Mindset and Technology in Leading Industries to Decarbonize. Is there a roadmap for environmental sustainability?”

Architecture 2030 (moderator)

20 minutes

Presentation - “Mind Over Carbon: The Crucial Role of Mindset and Technology in Leading Industries to Decarbonize. Is there a roadmap for environmental sustainability?”


Appliances and Systems
Building operations
Embodied carbon