09 Feb '18, 5pm

We need zero-carbon buildings now

The building sector is the single largest contributor to global warming. That includes building operations (28%) and embodied carbon of building materials (11%). Image: United Nations Environment Programme, 2017, Global Status Report 2017: Towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector The numbers don’t lie. To keep global warming at tolerable levels, the building industry has to change—radically and rapidly. That’s the message of a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Global Status Report 2017 sounds a red alert: “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 much more common. The building sector is responsible for 39% of global carbon emissions...

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