UNEP DTIE Sustainable Consumption & Production Branch

This Summary for Decision-Makers presents the current state of thinking on how the potential for greenhouse gas emission reductions in buildings can be realized. It has been compiled by the Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative (SBCI), a UNEP-hosted partnership between the UN and public and private stakeholders in the Building Sector, which promotes sustainable building practices globally. One of UNEP-SBCI’s key objectives is to ensure that Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have the information needed to support the mitigation of building-related greenhouse gas emissions. This report is based on research conducted by the UNEP-SBCI under the guidance of its Climate Change Think Tank and in cooperation with the Finnish research institute VTT, the Central European University in Hungary, the Marrakech Task Force of Sustainable Buildings and Construction, and the UNEP Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development. 

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Sector Addressed
Development (socioeconomic)
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Create/enhance resources and tools
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Infrastructure retrofitting and improvements
Make infrastructure resistant or resilient to climate change
Governance and Policy
Create new or enhance existing policies or regulations
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Public health risks
Public safety threats