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27 Oct 2022

WorldGBC Launches Industry Guide To Target Climate Change Resilience

WorldGBC Launches Industry Guide To Target Climate Change Resilience
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This week the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) launched a new industry guide that aims to tackle climate change resilience. 

When stating the aim of the guide, the World GBC said:

"The ‘Climate Change Resilience in the Built Environment’ guide presents principles of built environment management for changes to weather related climate change impacts such as: storms, high winds, droughts, floods, severe temperature change, and wildfires. These principles are focused on measures of mitigation and damage protection from continual or gradual climate impacts and in some cases, extreme weather events.

The impacts of climate change and damage from extreme and gradual weather events will occur at building, community and city scale across all corners of the globe. Therefore, measures to mitigate damage and ensure recoverability must be implemented at a systemic level. To incorporate climate resilience strategies across a series of complex systems, all built environment stakeholders and decision makers will have to engage and take responsibility. Leadership from local and national government is essential to activate meaningful adaptation and resilience solutions."

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Cristina Gamboa, CEO, WorldGBC:

“In response to the ongoing impacts of our changing climate, the UN High-Level Climate Champion, C40 cities, and WorldGBC are proud to share this practical guide for Climate Change Resilience in the Built Environment in the lead up to COP27. This principle-based resource will support the much-needed transition towards people-centric infrastructure solutions considering different urban scales.

It’s time to scale low carbon, highly resilient and equitable built environment solutions for everyone, everywhere. And it's time for impactful policy responses from local and regional leaders, to enable this much needed transformation.

Join us and take ambitious climate action today!”

Nigel Topping, UN High-Level Climate Action Champion for UK COP26, and Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN’s High-Level Climate Action Champion for Egypt COP27:

"The built environment sector has the opportunity to lead the resilience agenda, placing adaptation on par with mitigation through how we design, manage and occupy buildings and infrastructure for the worlds' people. Regardless of where you live or where you do business, we all need to build resilience to climate change."

Sachin Bhoite, Director of Climate Resilience, Climate Solutions and Networks, C40 Cities:

"The dangerous consequences of climate change are already posing an existential threat worldwide. This is felt acutely in our largest cities. Cities are important in this regard, not only because it is where a majority of people live, but also where the most impactful solutions could be implemented. Applying adaptation solutions to our cities will ensure that the built environment continues to protect, provide for and connect urban citizens, despite a changing climate."

Pascal Eveillard, Director, Sustainable Business Development, Saint-Gobain:

“It is fundamental to consider now the resilience and adaptation of our built environment to climate change. Buildings are and will be increasingly exposed to higher climate stresses and more frequent climate shocks and extreme weather conditions, disrupting our lives and damaging our natural environment. This guide provides key insights to develop efficient strategies at all levels to better protect humans and nature.” 

María Fernández Cachafeiro, Head of Sustainability, Multiplex:

“The impacts of climate change are a present-day reality felt by everyone, globally. We need to put people first to deliver strategies and solutions for a resilient and adaptable built environment.”

Duncan Price, Partner, Sustainability/Climate Global Lead, Buro Happold:

“This timely guide is essential reading for city authorities, investors, developers and asset managers looking to protect and enhance long term asset value and manage climate risks”

Viviana Valdivieso, CEO, Colombia Green Building Council (CCCS):

"We are committed to promoting a built environment that positively impacts all life on our planet. Therefore, sustainable and resilient practices should not be an option, they are the way to achieve fundamental human right level design!"

Source: World Green Building Council

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