Sustainable Buildings and Construction


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Challenges and Outlook for the 21thCentury
ICLEI World Congress 2009, F2 Building and Construction, 17 June 2009
Philipp Tepper, Project Officer, ICLEI European Secretariat

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Sustainable Buildings and Construction

  1. 1. Sustainable Buildings and Construction Challenges and Outlook for the 21th Century ICLEI World Congress 2009, F2 Building and Construction, 17 June 2009 Philipp Tepper, Project Officer, ICLEI European Secretariat
  2. 2. Environmental & Social Impacts Energy and climate change  40% of the final energy consumption in the European Union is from the building sector, accounting for 50% of the CO2 emissions  The buildings sector is using significant amounts of natural resources such as extractive minerals, water and space (flora & fauna) Working conditions and migration  Health and Safety of the workers  Child labour in extractive industries  Working migration and social exclusion
  3. 3. Systemic components Radical action means integrated = systemic solutions to net plus buildings
  4. 4. Communicating clear demand Construction of new / renovation of [insert building type],  achieving an energy performance reaching to at least passive house standard,  using sustainable construction materials,  sustainable water and waste water management aspects and  ambitious healthy living conditions.
  5. 5. Challenges and solutions today “For millenia we have lived in passive buildings” Dr Rajat Gupta Think passive again and take sustainability criteria into account in the whole construction chain DESIGN CONSTRUCTION OPERATION END OF LIFE
  6. 6. Buildings for the 21th Century are:  Designed, build and renovated in a way that they are rather productive than consuming – leading to Net Plus Energy buildings  Contributing to cosmopolitan cities and towns, both enabling social inclusion as well as a comfortable living environment  Smart, meaning that they balance the positive impacts of e.g. advanced insulation materials against the other created environmental and social impacts such as waste generation  Build based on improved and consequently applied Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)  Contributing to raise awareness and encourage sustainable action by displaying and marketing the positive impacts to the environment and society
  7. 7. Key Actions  Use sustainable of Local procurement as radical action to drive innovation in Governments the building sector  To do so engage with the market – corporations, SMEs and entrepreneurs – as early as possible  Form new coalitions with the finance sector  Radically change municipal budgeting to take into account whole lifecycle costs  Apply strict environmental and social responsible urban planning
  8. 8. Quand tu veux construire un bateau, ne commence pas par rassembler du bois, couper des planches et distribuer du travail, mais reveille au sein des hommes le desir de la mer grande et large. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Thank you! Philipp Tepper Project Officer, ICLEI European Secretariat philipp.tepper(at)