The World Green Building Council has introduced a fresh new plan to address the climate emergency and adapt an improved built environment post-COVID-19.

The two-year strategy, called Sustainable Buildings for Everyone, Everywhere specified a trio of critical areas – climate change, health and wellness and resource efficiency – to develop 2030 and 2050 goals in accordance with the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

To deal with these critical subjects, the World GBC specified a trio of North Star Goals to drain carbon from the built environment, design structures for healthful cities and the creation of a circular economy.

To attain these objectives, the council specified seven impact pathways to collaborate with global partners, advocate for sustainable guidelines, implement rating tools, communicate, teach, create new technologies and invest in and fund rapid deployment projects.

A sustainable, zero carbon future is the only acceptable future, according to World GBC chief executive officer Cristina Gamboa.

The council wants to repair new and standing buildings with the goal to rid the globe of operational emissions and lower embodied carbon by 40 per cent by 2030 with the ultimate objective to attain total net zero by 2050.

The process of building also produces considerable waste, so the council intends to go zero waste to landfill by 2030 and achieve a completely functional circular economy by 2050, where no resources will be wasted as the built environment burgeons and develops.

The council establishes objectives that concern the built environment’s role in socioeconomic differences and physical factors to establish improved building standards, enhance urban planning and address environmental pollution.

Heath and community wellness is particularly crucial with COVID-19 exposing the problems in built environments as cities strive to social distance and avoid transmitting an infectious disease.

Within two years, the council intends to tackle the issue of air quality with a “plant a sensor” monitoring program and enhance social sustainability methods to shield construction workers, enhance social equity and build more resilient structures that will withstand bad weather.

Funding these improvements provides a chance to enhance the economy in trying times, creating new employment opportunities and preparing the construction sector for a full—and green–recovery.

 

Source: Fifth Estate