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2020-07-09
The Building System Carbon Framework
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

The built environment is responsible for almost 40% of the global energy and process-related CO emissions. To meet the Paris Agreement and limit global warming to 1.5°C, we need to reach net-zero emissions across all activities in the building and construction system. The goal is for all new buildings to operate at net-zero emissions by 2030 at the latest, and for all buildings to operate at net zero by 2050.

This report proposes a new framework that can be used as a common language for carbon emissions, by all actors across the built environment. Using a common metric and a full life-cycle approach, the WBCSD Building System Carbon Framework facilitates collaboration across the value chain, where common solutions can be developed and implemented to help achieve system decarbonization.

It is neutral on materials and solutions, bridging embodied and operational carbon, which is a vital prerequisite for reaching net zero in the built environment. The framework also enables each user to identify the best emissions-reduction strategies for their part of the value chain and allows the stakeholders to make informed decisions based on clear and transparent information. 

2020-06-11
Adopting Decarbonization Policies for the Buildings and Construction Sector
GlobalABC

The building sector is not on track to lower total greenhouse gas emissions. Given that emissions from the sector represent nearly 40% of global energy-and process-related emissions, this represents a serious challenge to keeping global warming to 1.5oC. The Buildings sector must therefore decarbonize.

To support this goal, this report focuses on policy drivers for decarbonisation, and the costs and benefits associated with their implementation. In this report these policies are referred to as building climate actions, and include policies that tackle reducing (1) direct emissions from building energy use which includes (2) indirect emissions from the power sector, (3) and emissions from energy used in the building materials and construction supply chain (embodied emissions). All three aspects of the carbon footprint of buildings need to be addressed by policy-makers and practitioners in cost effective ways. Although gaps in the evidence base make generalisation unreliable, the body of experience over many years indicates that the social and economic co-benefits of taking these actions outweigh the costs of development and implementation. Inaction also increases the cost of climate adaptation, and exacerbates risks to health, security and property that create an imperative for taking urgent actions to decarbonize the buildings sector.

2013-01-01 | IEA
TRANSITION TO SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS: STRATEGIES AND OPPORTUNITIES TO 2050
IEA

This report highlights actions that can be pursued today and lessons learned in different countries on implementing energy efficiency policies for the building sector. The publication provides a detailed overview of the key technologies that are needed to decrease growth in buildings energy demand. Examples of best available building technologies combined with renewable energy sources in advanced buildings only represent a small niche market today. New construction under much more stringent building codes is needed in order to achieve energy neutrality in new buildings. Besides, the process of deep renovation using whole-building integrated solutions need to be accelerated.

2011-07-01 | CESBA
CESBA GUIDE
CEC5 Interreg Project

The CESBA guide is the first output of the CESBA initiative, achieved through the activities carried out in eight EU projects. It is a guideline proposing a first set of common European key performance indicators, a reference assessment method, and the European signature/passport concept for the harmonization of existing and future building assessment methods.

2016-11-01 | Institute of Applied energy
ZERO ENERGY BUILDING/ HOME ROADMAP - TECHNOLOGY AND INSTITUTION
Innovation for Cool Earth Forum

This study delivers three recommendations: - Sharing among the entire society the importance of the concept that net energy consumption in buildings should be zero; - Involvement of stakeholders in government, municipalities, and the private sector at an early stage (taking into account building lifetimes and diversity of the parties concerned); and - Sharing of international technologies and policies for their diffusion based on the roadmap. This study proposes a roadmap for each climate zone where not only temperature but also humidity was added as an important factor. Fields of technologies, are devided for classification, into four groups of technologies: Active (equipment to be installed), Passive (building structures), Renewable Integration (integration of renewable energy to the building), and Energy Management, and then indicated the estimated time for realization of each technology group elements.

2016-11-09 | Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction
NOTES AND ACTIONS OF THE GABC MEMBER WORKSHOP DURING COP22
COP22

Organized by the French Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, and UN Environment, this event presented and highlighted the actions carried out by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC) during the year, since its launch at COP21. The event's aim was to set up an action plan to be implemented after COP22 and during the coming year in order to address the main challenges faced by the Buildings and the Construction sector.

2016-09-08 | Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction
FIRST GABC REGIONAL ROUNDTABLE FOR ASIA-PACIFIC
Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC) conducted its first Regional Roundtable for Asia Pacific in conjunction with the International Green Building Conference in Singapore, hosted by GABC partner, Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA). The roundtable was co-organized by UN Environment and BCA, and brought together more than 85 participants representing national governments, local authorities, NGOs, international financial institutions and academic/research institutions from fourteen countries in the region.

2018-01-01 | Carbon Trust
STUDY ON USING THE CLIMATE AUCTION MODEL TO CATALYSE ENERGY AND RESOURCE EFFICIENT BUILDINGS
World Bank Group

This study commissioned by the PAF, the IFC Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiency (EDGE) and the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and produced by Carbon Trust, aims to understand how a climate auction model based on the Pilot Auction Facility (PAF) could be used to catalyse energy, and resource efficiency in the residential building sector, focusing on new build developments. A qualitative review of six countries was carried out to inform the basic conditions that would need to be met for the climate auction mechanism to be successfully rolled out to the residential building sector. India was then selected as a case study to carry out a quantitative assessment of the potential impact of the mechanism.

2017-05-31 | World Green Building Council
FROM THOUSANDS TO BILLIONS - COORDINATED ACTION TOWARDS 100% NET ZERO CARBON BUILDINGS BY 2050
World Green Building Council

The report - which is the first major output of our Advancing Net Zero project - highlight how every building on the planet must be 'net zero carbon' by 2050 to keep global warning below 2°C, and crucially, it sets out the actions that business, government and the NGO sector must take to achieve this. The report can be downloaded here.

LE BÂTIMENT DANS LA TRANSITION ÉNERGÉTIQUE
Responsabilité et environnement

The building sector in the energy transition (bastract in english from page 110), in France, Germany, Europe

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