The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction is a voluntary partnership of national and local governments, inter-governmental organisations, businesses, associations, networks and think thanks committed to a common vision: “A zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector”. We function as an umbrella platform – a network of sorts – that brings together initiatives and actors focusing on the buildings and construction sector. UN Environment hosts the Secretariat.

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Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

Sectors of activity
Buildings and construction, Energy, Industrial Sector

Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
United Nations / intergovernmental organizations

Start date
15/12/2015

Objectives

The GABC works in parallel to address key challenges to transforming the buildings and construction sector so the sector can harness its mitigation and adaptation potential and materialize important other benefits, including health and adequacy of housing. The GABC promotes and works towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Knowledge resource and technical tool

  • Towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector: Global Status Report 2017
  • GABC Global Roadmap: Towards low-GHG and resilient buildings
  • Towards zero-emission efficient and resilient buildings: Global Status Report 2016
  • GABC - Global Roadmap towards low-GHG and resilient buildings. Recommendation for a classification of measures and policies related to local conditions
  • Global Status Report 2018
  • Circular Economy Section provided by SBC to the Global Status Report 2018
  • A Guide for Incorporating Fundable Buildings Sector GHG emission Mitigation Actions in NDCs - advanced draft
  • Template for Regionalization of Global Roadmap

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • Second Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction Regional Roundtable for Asia Pacific
  • First Regional Roundtable for West Africa, Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire, in September 2017
  • First Regional Roundtable for Asia-Pacific in Singapore in September 2016
  • First Regional Roundtable for Latin America in Lima, Peru, in September 2016
  • COP23 Human Settlements Day: Transforming the Buildings and Construction Sector
  • Transforming markets for buildings to deliver against SDGs 11, 7 and 13: A high-level dialogue. COP23
  • Sustainable Buildings Forum at Climate Chance in Agadir, Morocco
  • Presenting the GABC during First Annual "Efficient Central America" Event
  • COP22 GABC Buildings day: Low Carbon and Affordable Buildings - A Reality for All. Marrakech 10 November 2016
  • Buildings Day at COP21. 3 December 2015
  • Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC) Partner meeting in Berlin 20 March 2017
  • GABC Work Area 3 Meeting in Berlin 21 March 2017
  • GABC ministerial panel 'Energy Efficient Buildings' during Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue
  • GABC Partner Meeting April 2016
  • Achieving energy-efficient, zero-emission buildings for sustainable, pollution-free cities
  • GABC Annual Assembly
  • GlobalABC Regional Roundtable for local governments in West Africa
  • GlobalABC events at COP24
  • GlobalABC Regional Roundtable for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • GlobalABC Regional Roundtable for North Africa and the Mediterranean
  • Sustainable Building Codes Day
  • Global Status Report of Global Alliance for Building and Construction

Training for SCP

  • GABC Building Action Symposium during COP23
  • COP23 "Shaping a Sustainable Future" Guided tour through Bonn - examples of sustainable architecture

Outcome level

Coordination on SCP

  • The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GABC)
  • National chapter of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

Impact and Results

The GABC aims to set the buildings and construction sector on a well-below 2 degree path aligned with the Paris Agreement. It keeps the buildings and construction sector under review with its annual Global Status Report, offers guidance to countries through its Global Roadmap and facilitates knowledge exchange and peer review through Regional Roundtables.

Next steps and how to get involved

Interested stakeholders can send a message to global.abc@un.org to receive further information along with our Commitment Form. Applications will be sent for review to our (Interim) Steering Committee.