Green Building Solutions International

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT NEWS

Green Building Solutions International (GBSI) was founded in Dubai in 2010 with a specific focus on the inspection and testing of building envelopes in the harsh extreme climate of the GCC. Now after testing and examining over 300 structures in the region I believe that Building Envelope Integrity is actually the most viable, least contested and lowest cost strategy for the world to regain sustainability and that the UAE with its 5 year lead in creating mandatory sustainable green codes that respond to this harsh climate is currently the world’s best laboratory for finding built environment solutions as the whole planet faces extreme climate change. The mission of GBSI now is to bring forward the message that the building envelope, the vital membrane that keeps the ‘outside out and the inside in’ is far more critical to energy efficiency, building comfort and human health issues in areas of extreme heat than has been recognized and that adequate air tightness should not be an additional cost, and is in fact a fundamental expectation of any habitable built structure. No one plans to design a leaky building, no one plans to build a leaky building and no one plans to buy a leaky building, yet they get built all the time. GBSI is posting a series of articles from highly respected international sources on the impact of climate change around the world and initiatives to begin meeting this challenge.

  • The Importance of Buildings and Cities in Reducing Carbon Emissions is highlighted by The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
    -- 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.
  • Climate Change Is One of the Most Serious Threats of Our Time--Buildings Are an Important Part of the Problem As Well as a Potential Solution
    -- Buildings use about 40 percent of global energy and resources, (48 % in the US) and account for more than 30 percent of total greenhouse-gas emissions. And if new technologies in construction are not adopted soon, the amount of emissions could double by 2050, according to the United Nations Environment Program.
    -- Buildings also offer great potential for achieving substantial reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions. According to the UNEP, by using proven and commercially available technologies, energy consumption in buildings can be cut by 30 to 80 percent.
    -- A division of the World Bank has developed EDGE, an online platform that allows design teams to estimate the efficiency of a building by using practical solutions and alternative materials.
    -- “Market transformation will require widespread participation, andEDGE will help achieve green buildings for all within a generation,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, the President of GBCI and COO of the U.S. Green Building Council. “This is a gateway to a more sustainable future that will enable us to secure emission cuts for decades to come.”
  • Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health
    The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change has been formed to map out the impacts of climate change, and the necessary policy responses, in order to ensure the highest attainable standards of health for populations worldwide. This Commission is multidisciplinary and international in nature, with strong collaboration between academic centres in Europe and China. The central finding from the Commission’s work is that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.