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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.

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.

2016-11-09 | 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.

2017-09-01 | IPEEC - International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation
EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY RENOVATION: INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF REGULATORY POLICIES
IPEEC - International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation

There has been significant progress in recent years in improving the energy efficiency of new buildings, driven by technological improvements and various regulatory requirements and policy initiatives, and there is beginning to be a critical mass of very low energy buildings or even zero energy buildings in various regions of the world. However, a large percentage of existing buildings are significantly less efficient than most newly constructed buildings, and have major opportunities for improvement. Energy consumption from buildings that had been constructed prior to the implementation of recent improved energy performance regulations will continue to consume significant amounts of energy long into the future. Determining the most effective set of policies to significantly improve the existing building stock is a key challenge for energy policy makers around the world.

2017-06-14 | UNECE
FRAMEWORK GUIDELINES FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS IN BUILDINGS
Ministerial Conference & the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, 11-14 june 2017, Astana, Kazaksthan

Global transformation of buildings in the built environment: framing the design, delivery and operation of buildings as integrated, thermodynamic and environmental systems. This guide defines 20 non-prescriptive principles and affirms that climate neutrality in the building sector is achievable with existing technics. 

(4 pages)

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.

2016-01-01
THE STATE OF PLAY OF SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND BUILDINGS IN THE ARAB REGION
UNEP

The State of Play of Sustainable Cities and Buildings in the Arab Region is a compilation of the main public policies, programs, case studies, organizations, and initiatives associated with sustainable city and building practices in twelve countries in the Arab Region, namely: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates.

2018-04-16
ZERO CODE
Architecture 2030

The ZERO Code is a national and international building energy standard for new building construction that integrates cost-effective energy efficiency standards with on-site and/or off-site renewable energy resulting in zero-net-carbon buildings.

The ZERO Code includes prescriptive and performance paths for building energy efficiency compliance based on current standards that are widely used by municipalities and building professionals worldwide.

2018-04-01 | Jonathan Laski
DOING RIGHT BY PLANET AND PEOPLE: THE BUSINESS CASE FOR HEALTH AND WELLBEING IN GREEN BUILDING
World Green Buildings Council

The World Green Building Council's report Doing Right by Planet and People: The Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building urges companies to make green improvements by highlighting the tangible economic benefits of green building and showcasing improved occupant satisfaction when companies implement new health, wellbeing and productivity features in existing green structures.

The report examines case studies of 11 facilities around the globe that have one or more green certifications including LEED, Green Star and BREEAM. The report evaluates health and wellbeing features that were integrated into the facilities, such as: enhanced fresh air ventilation, acoustic privacy, increase of daylight penetration and use of biophilic design elements such as green walls and extensive indoor plants

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