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PHT & the SDF Alliance sign up to the UNECE International Centres of Excellence

The Passivhaus Trust, in partnership with the Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF) Alliance, is delighted to be part of 1 of 10 new UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) International Centre of Excellence for High Performance Buildings.

PHT CEO Jon Bootland signing on behalf of the SDF Alliance, with Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary UN Economic Commission for Europe signing on behalf od the UNECE  -  the new UNECE International Centre of Excellence for High Performance Buildings

PHT CEO Jon Bootland signing on behalf of the SDF Alliance, with Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary UN Economic Commission for Europe signing on behalf of the UNECE  -  the new UNECE International Centre of Excellence for High Performance Buildings


It is great to see that the targets of the High Performance Building Programme are consistent with the Passivhaus Standard.

We look forward to working with the other International Centres to promote buildings that deliver high performance for the planet and people.

The International Centre of Excellence were officially recognised at COP26 today (3.11.21) in Glasgow at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), with representatives from the UN, Scottish Government, Green Building Alliance, and others.

 

The time for talking is over. Goals are good, but they’re just wishes. We haven’t delivered on the promises made in the Paris Climate Accord, agreed back in 2015 at COP21. This is a big problem for the UK because our building stock is the oldest in Europe, and 80% of the homes we’ll live in by 2050, are already built. Our homes and buildings need an urgent rethink to meet the climate and ecological emergencies. Our mission is to bring a sense of urgency to the adoption of exemplary sustainability practices for buildings, leading to lower carbon emissions, improved occupant comfort and more resilient communities. Our work across the SDF Alliance demonstrates that this is possible NOW,” 

Jon Bootland, Passivhaus Trust CEO & Director of the SDF

 


Buildings are rising up the climate action agenda. In the developed world, buildings consume over 70% of the electrical power generated and 40% primary energy and are responsible for 40% of carbon dioxide emissions from fuel combustion.

 

The mission of the UNECE International Centres of Excellence

Advance the rapid transition to high-performance buildings, locally and around the world, in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Accord, while fostering a thriving building industry that creates healthy, comfortable, and sustainable buildings everywhere for everyone.

 

Key commitments of the initiative include:

  • Align building codes and their deployment with high performance targets; ensure new buildings are certified compliant; reduce the average energy requirement per square meter in the new building “fleet” and existing buildings to best practice.

  • Reduce CO2 emissions associated with meeting buildings’ energy needs; increase the amount of carbon “stored” in buildings; improve indoor air quality and reduce pollution-linked health issues.

  • Improve the global supply chain for the construction business; reduce embedded carbon in buildings and building products and reduce waste; recover materials at the end of a building’s life.

 

 

Further Information

UN International Centres of Excellence on High Performance Buildings.

Sustainable Development Foundation

Passivhaus at COP26

3rd November 2021


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