Moving towards net zero emissions a is critical element of addressing climate change. Together, building and construction are responsible for almost 40% of global carbon emissions. Figures from the World Green Building Council attribute around 11% of global carbon emissions to the “upfront” carbon associated with the materials and construction processes through the whole building lifecycle* – with the remainder attributed to operational emissions (energy used to heat, cool and light buildings). A series of presentations and panel discussion hosted by the Association of Polish Architects examined the urgent need for sustainable construction and what is preventing us from changing now.
The panel discussion on the carbon footprint of buildings featured Mitchell Joachim together with Bohdan Lisowski, President, Association of Polish Architects (SARP); Rafal Schurma, Founder and President, Polish Green Building Council (PLGBC); and Jędrzej Zdziechowski, Construction Building Systems & Sustainable Building Manager, Lafarge Poland. The panel was moderated by Marcin Szczelina and Beata Tadla.
Mona Delluc, Communication Specialist at the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction presented the LafargeHolcim Awards competition which seeks projects by professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The competition foreground projects and concepts from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials science, construction technology, and related fields – with entries open in the LafargeHolcim Awards until February 25, 2020 at:
* Building and construction activities together account for 36% of global final energy use and 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions when upstream power generation is included. Source: WGBC Global Status Report 2017, UN Environment and the International Energy Agency.