For those that were not aware, this week marks World Green Building Week. Organised by the World Green Building Council, it comprises the world's largest campaign to accelerate sustainable buildings around the globe.
Buildings are responsible for 38% of global energy-related carbon emissions and by 2050 the world's building stock will double, increasing the environmental impact significantly. Building resilience in the built environment combats climate change by enabling affordable and clean energy and reducing waste.
The majority of larger landlords and developers have embraced the concept of sustainability, with several having already achieved 'net zero' buildings. For older stock the aim may be simply to upgrade and improve energy efficiency within the confines of an existing structure. Alongside other projects, many landlords have now amended their standard form of lease to include 'green' obligations. The clauses generally restrict alterations which would have an adverse environmental impact, require tenants to use and obtain their utility supplies from renewable or green sources and to reduce non-recyclable waste. Production and sharing of data is also key as it allows landlords to monitor progress.
Whilst the scope of the World Green Building Council's remit extends far beyond green lease wording, one can only hope that with more occupiers now signing up to what is intended to achieve and promote a more sustainable relationship, that another step has been taken towards #BuildingResilience to Climate Change.
In a year of disruption, it would be easier to focus on the challenges. And building resilience doesn’t happen in a silo or through a singular approach. As the UNFCCC works to bring resilience to the forefront of the climate agenda, we as a green building network have an opportunity. This World Green Building Week we will shine a light on how our holistic approach to building resilience can accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable buildings for everyone, everywhere.