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How Green for Built Environment?

A one-day seminar from CIRIA will be asking leading experts from the construction and sustainability sectors if there is enough being done to address global climate change in the context of the COP21 agreement.

The seminar – Climate change & the built environment – are we doing enough? – looks at the impacts of climate change and how they are increasingly affecting the built environment in the UK and globally with extreme weather events testing the resilience of our buildings and infrastructure.

The built environment also has an important role in reducing emissions to meet the Carbon Budgets of the Climate Change Act 2008 and the recently agreed targets of the UNFCCC COP21 agreement.

This event will explore the latest climate science and policy in the UK, including Climate Change Act 2008 and COP21 and what changes we can expect in the future. Speakers will also discuss key initiatives for meeting UK and global carbon targets for climate change mitigation, e.g. NetZero carbon new building, energy efficiency and refurbishment and consider whether the UK is on track to a low carbon built environment.

A recent update report from the Green Construction Board Early has found that the built environment is reducing emissions enough in order to meet targets set by the Green Construction Board Low Carbon Route map (based on Climate Change Act 2008 carbon budgets) or the Construction 2025 targets for 50% lower emissions by 2025. Monitoring and assessing progress is an important part of supporting early action and mitigating the chance of dangerous climate change.

This event aims to increase awareness and understanding of climate change and the supporting science and policy and discuss the impact and responsibilities for construction industry and businesses. Delegates will:

  • Hear about the current climate science and what to expect in the future.

  • Gain a better understanding of COP21 and what it means for the built environment.

  • Examine what we are doing to mitigate the effects of climate change and consider whether it is enough.  

  • Discuss key initiatives which are in place for meeting targets and how we are responding to these.

  • Meet other built environment professionals to share experiences and ideas for low carbon construction.

The CIRIA seminar takes place on 17 March 2016, 09.30am-11.30am (Registration from 09.00am). Address: CIRIA, Griffin Court, 15 Long Lane

London EC1A 9PN.

Picture: Problems of climate change and the built environment are dealt with in a CIRIA one-day seminar next month

Article written by Mike Gannon

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