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2022-07-15 | Ryan Colker, Diana Fisler, Lucas Toffoli, Alyssa Watson
ABC-C Working Group Codes Brief: New Off-Site Construction Standards
Advanced Building Construction Collaborative

The highly fragmented current building code landscape and regulatory barriers hinder the adoption and scaling of advanced building construction practices, including off-site construction. In 2021, the International Code Council (ICC) and Modular Building Institute (MBI) created Standards 1200 and 1205 to reduce complexity of codes and improve code implementation and enforcement on off-site construction, off-site manufacturers, contractors, and officials who need clearer compliance pathways.  

This brief focuses on problems in the current code reality and details how these new standards can address barriers to more efficient, off-site construction that can support lower-carbon buildings. The work incorporates valuable elements and insights from members of the ABC Collaborative Working Group on Codes, Standards, Permitting, Testing, and Accreditation. 

2022-02-24 | Anne Svendsen, Pimmie Cordova Schultz
Roadmap for an Energy Efficient, Low-Carbon Buildings and Construction Sector in Indonesia
Danish Energy Agency

This Roadmap has been developed by the Danish Energy Agency - DEA in close cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources – Directorate General of New Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (Direktorat Jenderal Energi Baru Terbarukan dan Konservasi Energi) and a group of consultants (Viegand Maagoe A/S from Denmark and Chakra Giri Energi Indonesia from Indonesia). It is based on three stakeholder consultations that took place in the end of 2021 (see annex 1 with list of involved stakeholders). This Roadmap will provide orientation and guidance to public and private key stakeholders in the Indonesian buildings and construction sector as well as non-governmental organizations and civil society. The identified targets and actions build on consultations with the building and construction sector, experts at national level and recommendations from international experts.

2022-07-25 | Dr.-Ing. Mira Conci, Alicia Carvajal, Oliver Burgess, Alexa Waud, Juan Lopez Aranguren, Jacqueline Oker-Blom, Celia Puertas, Charlotte May, Manuel Alméstar, Rufus Grantham
Bio-Based and Circular Buildings for Healthy, Clean Cities - A Handbook to help cities reduce embodied carbon in construction
EIT Climate-KIC

EIT Climate-KIC and partners have designed the Handbook: Bio-Based and Circular Buildings for Healthy, Clean Cities as an interactive manual and a tracking instrument. It contains information resources and step-by-step processes to help and align local stakeholders’ efforts around reducing embodied carbon emissions in buildings, understand and explore circular practices, and influence changes in the supply chain towards bio-based materials, such as timber – which are more sustainable than the current use of concrete and steel. 

The Handbook supports all actors in the building’s value chain to understand metrics used for decision-making . In doing so, it enables stakeholders to develop benchmarks, to track and evaluate indicators over time; to visualise the processes involved and understand how they need to evolve to lead to different outcomes ; and finally, to create models for collaborative decision-making towards shared goals.

2022-07-11 | John Michael LaSalle, Valerio Micale, Pedro de Aragão Fernandes, Alke Rabinsa Haesra, Eyerusalem Masale, Paul Rosane, Muhammad Ery Wijaya, Muhammad Zeki and Priscilla Negreiros
Financing Net Zero Carbon Buildings
Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance

"Financing Net Zero Carbon Buildings" is the output of an exercise that aims to build the foundation for future work by the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (the Alliance) through a structured approach to analyze the challenges and priorities relevant to cities in decarbonizing the buildings sector. It is not an exhaustive study of zero carbon buildings, but rather a guide for future alliance work and exercise to build in-house knowledge.

Read the paper here.

National Roadmap for Net-Zero Carbon Buildings in Colombia
Colombia GBC, WRI, UNEP, GEF

The National Roadmap for Net-Zero Carbon Buildings in Colombia establishes short, medium and long-term actions for the entire construction sector chain: urban planning, materials, transportation and distribution, design, labeling, certification, water and energy use, and waste management. It is a document that becomes a reference framework with goals and actions to be implemented in this sector to contribute to carbon neutrality, an aspiration set for the year 2050 by the National Government through the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

This roadmap was financed with a budget from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), in alliance with the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), under the leadership of the Sustainable Construction Council and the Minambiente, with the participation of the advisory committee of the Minvivienda, the National Planning Department (DNP), Minenergía, Camacol and the Planning Secretariats of Cali and Bogota.

Discover the roadmap here.

2022-07-15 | UNEP & GlobalABC
Technical Brief - The Importance of Building Decarbonization and Benefits for the SDGs
3rd Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

This technical brief on the Importance of Building Decarbonization and Benefits for the SDGs is developed with the support of UNEP and the GlobalABC to inform the 3rd Global Conference on Strengthening Synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

According to the IPCC, well-designed and effectively implemented mitigation actions in the buildings sector have significant potential to help achieve the SDGs, as they relate to 15 of the 17 UN SDGs (IPCC, 2022). Whilst contributing to the synergies with most of the SGDs, climate change mitigation actions in the buildings and construction sector may also have trade-offs. The 2030 Agenda sets out ambitious goals for the achievement of a better and more sustainable future for all. Transforming buildings and the built environment can generate multiple benefits, from climate to resources, to improved quality of life, health, shelter and access to basic services. It is critical for the buildings and construction sector to harness the synergies between climate and SDGs while minimising the negative trade-offs. It is also important to note that there exists no one-size-fits-all solution: Synergies and trade-offs vary depending on the national contexts.

2022 Advancing Net Zero Status Report
World Green Building Council

The 2022 Advancing Net Zero Status Report showcases action from across the Green Building Council (GBC) network including the 30 GBCs participating in WorldGBC’s global Advancing Net Zero programme, as well as signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (the Commitment). In addition, the report also highlights collaborative efforts from the market that support WorldGBC’s mission to achieve 100% net zero carbon buildings by 2050. The report includes: Advancing Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Emissions; Regional updates; WLC Roadmaps; Trends & Innovation; Radical Collaboration; World Map; COP27; GBC Leadership Action; Overcoming barriers, renovating to net zero.

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Standardising European EPCs - A Crucial Step for the Energy Transition in the Building Sector

The European Union has set a target to almost totally decarbonise the building sector by 2050, which raises the question of buildings’ energy performance. What is the best way of undertaking the immense energy renovation project needed to reach these objectives? One solution is to employ reliable measurement and guidance tools, such as Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), which are part of a common toolkit used by European countries.
The stakes are particularly high given that the EU Taxonomy, whose aim is to establish a common reference system to qualify – including for buildings – sustainable property and real estate projects, is partly based on a rating system centred on EPCs.
This study is part of a three-volume publication on European EPCs. The ESREI intends to publish two detailed comparisons of European EPCs in the sample of countries selected, respectively concerning residential buildings and office buildings.

2022-06-24 | Hélène Sibileau, Judit Kockat, Sheikh Zuhaib & Oliver Rapf
EU Buildings Climate Tracker: Urgency to close the buildings decarbonisation gap

The newly developed EU Buildings Climate Tracker finds that the EU is facing a growing gap in advancing towards climate neutrality in the sector. This first edition provides evidence for the urgent need for additional action that should be reflected in a transformational outcome of legislative discussions on the EPBD.

The results show that the buildings sector is not on track to achieve climate neutrality in 2050. In 2019, the index has a calculated value of 0.48 on a scale between 0 (reference situation in 2015) and 100 (climate neutrality in 2050), while it should be at 14 points. The Tracker also indicates that building decarbonisation is far from progressing at the speed needed. The achieved progress between 2015 and 2019 was a 0.12 point annual improvement, while it should have been at 3.6 points.

This means that building decarbonisation is off track and much behind the path to climate neutrality by 2050. While the index should have been at 14 points in 2019, it is barely above 0, thus at almost the same level in 2019 as in 2015. Put differently, four years of potential progress towards climate neutrality by 2050 have been lost.

Read more here.

2022-06-28 | Chandana Sasidharan, Ishan Bhand, Varun B Rajah, and Vish Ganti
Roadmap for Demand Flexibility in India
Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy

Demand Response (DR), in simple terms, refers to the ability of load to change according to the grid requirements and is not a new concept in the Indian regulatory ecosystem. DR, is a method that enables the adjustment of demand, thereby allowing customers to participate in responding to changing grid conditions. The application of DR, a proven demand management tool, can effectively help electricity distribution companies (DISCOMs) in India handle their increasing future electricity demand and operate reliably in a greener grid. This paper discusses DR’s value proposition for the distribution grid and the steps to unlocking this value.’

To sustain operations in the future and achieve the goal of affordable and reliable energy supply, DISCOMs need to think beyond EE programmes and take a proactive role in engaging with consumers. In this regard, DR presents a leapfrog opportunity for DISCOMs to adapt to the realities of a cleaner grid and high electrification of demand. In the next three years, DR needs to be integrated into the fabric of DISCOM processes, along with EE. In the future, with the proliferation of more energy-efficient and controllable loads, DR programmes need to be designed with real-time applications. The future of demand resources lies in embedding DR value within the EE programmes.

Read the report here

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