Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme
Current stage: Step 4
The Concept Note outlining the 10YFP Programme on Sustainable Buildings and Construction is available to public consultation
“Sustainable Buildings and Construction” was identified as one of the five initial programmes of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), adopted at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), as the Secretariat of the 10YFP, invites you to provide your feedback on the proposed 10YFP Sustainable Buildings and Construction (SBC) Programme, as developed in the attached Concept Note.
The Concept Note of the 10YFP Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme was developed with support from BioRegional based on interviews with expert stakeholders in the building and construction community. UNEP Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) network partners provided support to consultations in various regions, and facilitated feedback on the development of the programme.
The SBCI Symposium, held 25-26 November 2013 in Paris, served as a platform for early discussions and consultation. Discussions with experts highlighted the importance of sustainable social housing and energy efficiency as potential activities of the Programme, in addition to policy development, and resource efficiency in construction along the supply chain.
Concept Note outlining the 10YFP Programme on Sustainable Buildings and Construction - for Public Consultation
The Concept Note summarizes the challenges and opportunities identified in the global stocktaking exercise. It outlines the vision and goal of a proposed 10YFP SBC Programme, and proposes five streams of work. We are inviting countries and stakeholders to provide comments on this Concept Note. This public consultation will be open until 26 September 2014.
Following this consultation, the revised Concept Note will provide the basis for the official submission of the SBC programme to the 10YFP Secretariat and Board for their final approval. The launch of the SBC programme is expected to take place by the end of 2014.
This public consultation on the Concept Note is an excellent opportunity for interested governments and stakeholders to take an active role in developing the programme. So please provide your feedback comments on the feedback form enclosed bellow.
Expressions of Interest
In addition to the public consultation, governments and institutions can express their interest in participating actively in the 10YFP Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme serving as the Programme Lead or co-Leads, as members of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC) or as a partner of the programme. The roles and responsibilities of each are defined in the Guidance Document on the 10YFP Programmes.
Please download and fill out the following Forms for the expressions of Interest for taking an active role in the programme serving either as lead/co-leads, a member of the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee or as a partner. Note that the deadline for submitting expressions of interest forms is 26 September 2014. Forms should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Thank you very much for your participation. Please submit any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Launch of the Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme of the 10YFP
The Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme (SBC) will be 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, the Coordinator for the Ministry of the Environment of Finland.
The SBC is the fifth 10YFP programme to be launched after the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) Programme in November 2014. 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 MAC. 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 building and construction sector; and 5) promote knowledge sharing, outreach and awareness raising.
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:
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).
- 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)
>> Download the agenda HERE