Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme

Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme

Current stage: Launched

The Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme (SBC) was launched during the high level segment of the UN Habitat Governing Council on 20 April 2015 with the presence of Ms. Sofie From-Emmesberger, the Finnish Ambassador and Permanent Representative to UNEP and UN-Habitat; Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw, the Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General of UNEP; Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, the Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General of UN-Habitat; and Mr. Pekka Huovila, Ministry of the Environment of Finland. 

The goal of the programme is to promote resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation efforts, and the shift to SCP patterns in the buildings and construction sector. The initial work areas of the programme are: 1) foster enabling frameworks to implement SBC policies; 2) promote Sustainable Housing, including affordable and social housing; 3) enhance Sustainability in the Building Supply Chain; 4) reduce climate impact and strengthen climate resilience of the buildings and construction sector; and 5) promote knowledge sharing, outreach and awareness raising.

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Objectives of the Programme

  1. Establish, promote, and enable conditions for sustainable building and construction policies
  2. Support and promote sustainable housing
  3. Enhance sustainability in the building supply chain
  4. Reduce climate impact and strengthen climate resilience of the building and construction sector

Why a 10YFP Programme on Sustainable Buildings and Construction?

Buildings and Construction sectors account for 40% of global energy use, 30% of energy-related GHG emissions, approximately 12% of water use, nearly 40% of waste, and employs 10% of the workforce, including many SMEs. The built environment can catalyse opportunities for a wide array of global and local challenges including climate change, land-use, demographic shifts, water and other resource scarcities. Two billion additional urban inhabitants are expected by 2030, the majority of whom will be in the rapidly growing cities of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. With this rapid growth comes an urgent need for sustainable buildings and construction and through the integrated, global approachand support of this programme, buildings can improve the social, environmental and economic performance of cities, regions and nations.

Governance of the Programme

The SBC programme is led by the Ministry of the Environment of Finland and co-led by the World Green Building Council (WGBC), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and UNEP. 

The programme will work with a broad range of partners and 18 key expert organizations, including UN Habitat, have been confirmed to participate in its Multistakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC). 

For more complete information on the objectives, the work areas and contributions of the SBC Programme, please refer to the template.

Past Events

UNEP-SBCI Fall Symposium was held on 25-26 November 2013 in Paris, France 

UNEP-SBCI held its 2013 Fall Symposium, ‘Global Action towards Resource Efficiency and Climate Mitigation in the Building Sector’ in Paris France on 25-26 November. The two-day workshop focused on actions to be taken to achieve the full resource efficiency and climate mitigation potential of the building sector. Participants learned about: 
  • UNEP’s efforts to promote life-cycle approaches to buildings and materials 
  • Decoupling economic growth from resource consumption, a critical issue for the building sector 
  • The necessity to green the Construction Sector Supply Chain 
  • Access to Data and Finance to deliver energy efficiency in buildings 
  • Policies, strategies and tools for resource and energy efficiency, such as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) 
The 2013 Fall Symposium supported by Paris-based UNEP-SBCI partner, Global Buildings Performance Network, and was an informative and forward-looking dialogue contributing to establishment of a relevant global vision for the sector. This two-day symposium focused on actions to be taken to achieve the full resource efficiency and climate mitigation potential of the building sector. Featuring policy-makers from local, national, and international organizations, and presentations from technical experts from across the world, the symposium platformed the discussion tools and policies, including the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production and support mechanisms such as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs).

>> Download the agenda HERE

Get involved today!

The 10YFP Sustainable Buildings and Construction (SBC) Programme is open to organizations and individual experts interested in joining a collaborative platform to support activities that relate to consumer information and the objectives of the SBC Programme. 


Contact the 10YFP Sustainable Buildings and Construction
Programme Coordinating Desk:
C/O UNEP, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
     15, rue de Milan, 75441 Paris Cedex 09
     Email: SBC.10YFP@unep.org 


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