The role of cities has increased exponentially with consequential impacts. Cities consume 75% of the world’s natural resources and account for 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions (United Nations 2015). As professionals working in the buildings industry, there is an expectation and responsibility upon us to take actions to reduce these impacts and find solutions that offer security to future generations
UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals:
Construction and property sector has a key role in delivering the SDGs given the significant economic, environmental and social impacts and benefits associated with construction products, buildings and infrastructure assets across their lifecycle
“The risk climate change poses to businesses and financial markets is real and already present. It is more important than ever that businesses lead in understanding and responding to these risks to build a stronger, more resilient, and sustainable global economy.” (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures)
“Real estate investors are increasingly aware of ‘climate risk’ and the need for resilient assets.” (Urban Land Institute considering the importance of climate risk in real estate decision-making)
In response to these global trends – green buildings are the ‘new normal’
Green building provides an holistic framework for sustainability and reducing the negative impact of the building industry to global climate change.