The environmental impact of buildings has become increasingly apparent as growing numbers of building owners embrace the value of sustainable and green buildings as part of their social responsibility. Based on the 2018 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey, the estimated 5.9 million U.S. commercial buildings could produce enormous environmental impacts through retrofit, as compared with adopting a sole focus on new green design and construction practices.
The 2022 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction released at COP27 finds that the building sector accounted for over 34% of energy demand and around 37% of energy and process-related CO2 emissions in 2021. With this, the report from the Global Alliance for Buildings + Construction (GlobalABC) states that the gap between the climate performance of the building sector and the 2050 decarbonization pathway is widening.
Decarbonizing the building sector by 2050 is critical and must include a multi-pronged approach. To reduce overall emissions, we must improve building energy performance; decrease building materials’ carbon footprint; increase investment in energy efficiency; and create long-lasting green policies, standards, and codes.
Please join us for our 2023 Existing Buildings Webinar series, where we cover the whys and hows of retrofitting: