UNEP-SBCI operates under the guidance of its Advisory Board. The Advisory Board meets twice a year to define the work program on focus areas, monitor progress, and advise the Secretariat on the management and development of the Initiative. The Advisory Board ultimately reports to, and receives its mandate from, the UNEP-SBCI partnership through decisions made at the Annual General Meeting.
The day-to-day management of UNEP-SBCI is carried out by the Secretariat, which is hosted by UNEP. It is responsible for communication, administration, reporting and other coordination tasks of the Initiative.
In the 2012-13 work programme, UNEP-SBCI partners approved the launch of a Task Force on ‘Greening the Building Sector Supply Chain.’ The Task Force is identifying opportunities and barriers to greening the supply chain, with a focus on energy, carbon, water, waste and materials, with the goal to reduce the resource footprint of the building sector. A summary report and recommendations from the Task Force will be developed for final presentation at the 2013 Fall Symposium.
The Advocacy Committee (AC) was established in 2010 by decision of the partnership to guide, manage, and deliver the tools necessary to gain access to and impress key decision-makers on the advantages of working with the building sector.
Sustainable Buildings Steering Committee
This Committee, also established in 2010 by the partnership, is composed of a group of experts who guide and manage the development of the Sustainable Building Protocol (SB Protocol). The SB Protocol will provide a common understanding of the core issues affecting sustainable buildings, including the availability of measuring tools, reporting protocols, and verification processes for sustainable buildings.
Technical Advisory Committees (TAC)
The SB Steering Committee is currently supported by the Energy & GHG, Water and Materials TACs. Each TAC is responsible for developing measurement and reporting metrics, and protocols and reporting templates. The Energy & GHG TAC, created in 2010 is focused on refining and piloting the Common Carbon Metric, whereas the Water and Materials TACs, created in 2011, are investigating the need and opportunity for establishing such metrics and templates in their respective fields
UNEP-SBCI establishes collaborations with organizations and networks, which share the goals and objectives of the Initiative. These collaborations take the form of joint research activities or joint projects in a specific field or geographical area. UNEP-SBCI also provides direct input to other initiatives, governments, and global bodies making recommendations and decisions affecting sustainable development in the building and construction sector.
The UNEP-SBCI also maintains links with other networks and organizations in the building sector to ensure the partnership has access to the latest news and developments in sustainable building policies and practices.
UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) hosts the UNEP-SBCI, and matches partner contributions with core funding, staff resources, and administrative support. The mandate of UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) is to encourage decision makers in industry and government to develop and implement policies, strategies and practices that are cleaner, safer and make efficient use of natural resources.