Green Building Solutions International

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT NEWS

-- If greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue to rise at the currentrate, impacts by the end of this century are projected toinclude a global average temperature 2.6–4.8 degrees °C higher than present.

-- In 2010, the world’s buildings accounted for 32% of global total energy use and 19% of all greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions. Under current projections, use of energy in buildings globally could double or even triple by 2050.

-- Widespread implementation of best practices and technologies could see energy use in buildings stabilize or even fall by 2050.

-- The very long life-cycles of buildings create risks of energy use ‘lock-in’ from the effects of current building standards today playing out for decades. Using and expanding new Green Building Standards immediately, for both new and retrofit buildings, would alleviate this hazard.

-- Urban areas hold more than half the world’s population and most of its built assets and economic activities. They also house a large proportion of the population and economic activities most at risk from climate change.
-- Climate change impacts on cities are increasing. Key issues include rising temperatures, heat stress, water security and pollution, sea-level rise and storm surges, extreme weather events, heavy rainfall and strong winds, inland flooding, food security, and ocean acidification.
-- The world’s urban population is forecast almost to double by 2050, increasing the number of people and assets exposed to climate change risks. Rapid urbanization in low- and middle income countries has already increased the number of highly vulnerable urban communities living in informal settlements, many of which are at high risk from extreme weather events.
Impact on Buildings to download PDF, insert in browser:http://bpie.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Template_AR5_-_Buildings_v10_-_Web_Pages.pdf

Impact on Citiesto download PDF, insert in browser:  http://www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/business-action/low-carbon-transformation/ipcc-briefings/pdfs/briefings/IPCC_AR5__Implications_for_Cities__Briefing__WEB_EN.pdf

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change represents the most comprehensive overview of climate science to date and is the fact base that will be used by governments and businesses to formulate climate policy in the coming years.
The following partners have teamed-up to extract AR5 content into concise, clear, relevant findings:

  • Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)
  • Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN)
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
  • Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS)
  • European Climate Foundation (ECF)