Policy

14 June 2018

Construction SMEs call for smarter building through digitization

The European Builders Confederation (EBC) and other major European construction industry associations have joined forces to publish the “European Construction Industry Manifesto for Digitalisation” – a strategic call for a strong political leadership from the European Union, an appropriate regulatory framework on data policy and a budgetary focus on digital skills, R&D and deployment of IT […]

6 June 2018

“The buildings sector is a laggard in climate action,” says WRI

By 2050, the global floor area in buildings is expected to double to more than 415 billion square meters, and buildings’ energy demand may increase by as much as 50 percent. As assets with useful lives average 50-100 years, buildings lock in decisions today like few others, especially in high-growth regions like India, China and […]

30 May 2018

EU moves to boost private investment in low-carbon technologies

The European Commission has drawn up proposals aimed at boosting private investment in low-carbon technologies like renewable energies while increasing transparency in sustainable finance to avoid green-washing. Brussels wants to leverage the contribution of the private sector in order to decarbonise the European economy and meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change. […]

16 May 2018

EU to set C02 limits for heavy-duty trucks

While cars and vans in the European Union have had limits on the amount of carbon they emit for some time, until now trucks have avoided the same fate. That will change this week, when the European Commission adopts a proposal for the EU’s first CO2 limits on heavy-duty vehicles. These vehicles make up just […]

4 May 2018

‘Levels’ buildings sustainability framework moves into test phase

Last year, the European Commission introduced Level(s) a new framework of indicators to report on the sustainability performance of buildings. The Commission has now officially launched the two year testing phase for Level(s). This testing phase aims to support stakeholders across a buildings value chain, from designers though to facility managers; in testing the Level(s) indicators […]

18 April 2018

WGBC: “We need to manage suppliers and understand embodied carbon across the construction supply chain”

Managing suppliers and understanding the embodied carbon is necessary across the construction supply chain – so that everybody is coordinated could make a big difference – and it’s not happening enough,” says Teri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council (WGBC). “The current diffused responsibility makes green building that much more difficult, but this […]

17 April 2018

‘ZERO Code’ launched to cut carbon in new buildings

A new building construction code, which integrates cost-effective energy efficiency standards with on-site and/or off-site renewable energy resulting in Zero-Net-Carbon (ZNC) buildings has been introduced. The world is currently undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in human history with two thirds of the expected population of 10 billion will live in cities by 2060. By 2060, […]

13 April 2018

China embraces green building and enters partnership with WGBC

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and China Green Building Council (China GBC) have announced a partnership to collaborate efforts to increase green buildings around the world and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. This partnership is hugely significant as China is the largest building construction market in the world, with up to 2 billion square metres constructed […]

16 March 2018

Despite improvements critical gaps remain in Europe’s environmental performance

The European Union (EU) is making stronger progress towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy than in protecting biodiversity, natural capital and people’s health. But importantly the EU remains on track towards meeting its key climate and energy targets by 2020. Moreover, Europe’s economy is growing faster than its use of raw materials, indicating better resource efficiency. […]

9 March 2018

EU unveils green finance strategy to mainstream sustainable investing

The European Commission has unveiled a sweeping new strategy to boost the role of sustainable finance in driving emissions reductions throughout the trading bloc. The long-awaited Action Plan on sustainable finance sets out a roadmap for helping the EU drive the €180bn of additional investment that is estimated to be needed every year to hit the EU’s […]

21 February 2018

UNEP calls on industry to build to net zero carbon standards

The UNEP environment agency has called on industry issues an emergency call to action for the building industry: build to zero-carbon standards and retrofit existing stock. “Near-zero-energy, zero-emissions buildings need to become the construction standard globally within the next decade” to ensure average temperatures rise no more than 2°C. Energy retrofits also need to become […]

7 February 2018

WorldGBC project helps put renovation into EU energy policy

The World Green Building Council’s BUILD UPON project scored a major win in January when Europe committed to put national renovation strategies at the heart of efforts to tackle climate change – a key recommendation from the project. The publication of the final text of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) – a key EU […]

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