Over the past two years, Bioregional has been supporting the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) on the creation of a 'Sustainable Building Materials Hub'. This new resource centre is designed to help governments and policymakers around the world to develop the policies that are urgently needed to decarbonize and address the resource-use impacts of buildings and construction.

Join us on Wednesday 13 September at 14:00 UK time for the launch webinar, which coincides with World Green Building Week 2023 – register here. A recording will be shared with all attendees after the event.

You’ll hear from expert speakers from UNEP and the Green Building Council of Costa Rica, as we explain why the impact of building materials is a defining issue of the climate and ecological crisis, and how the hub will help policymakers address it through actions such as building code development, public procurement and supporting market transformation towards alternative, lower-impact materials. The webinar will be introduced and chaired by Bioregional CEO and co-founder, Sue Riddlestone.

What is the problem?

Building materials are set to dominate resource consumption over the coming decades, and already have a considerable environmental impact. In 2021, the buildings and construction sector accounted for around 37% of global energy-related emissions, and the global construction boom is expected to double the construction industry’s raw material use by 2060.

How will the hub help?

On launch, the hub will bring together more than 200 resources including research papers, case studies, tools, databases, and policy briefs that will support governments and policymakers to pivot towards the use of more sustainable, less carbon-intensive materials. This will include a flagship study published by UNEP and Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture, under the GlobalABC, Building Materials and the Climate: Constructing a New Future.

This webinar will include an overview of the hub and its role in supporting policymakers to address the impact of building materials within their countries, with an opportunity for a Q&A with our panel of experts.

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Sue Riddlestone OBE, Chief Executive, Bioregional
Mona Mohammed, Programme Officer, Life Cycle Initiative, UNEP
Stewart Muir, Senior Technical Consultant, Bioregional
Nicolas Ramirez, Executive Director, Green Building Council of Costa Rica

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