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BUILD BETTER NOW

A virtual exhibition and events series highlighting the built environment’s role in tackling the climate and ecological crises: Build Better Now



WHY DO WE NEED TO BUILD BETTER NOW? Globally, CO2 emissions from the building sector are the highest ever recorded, with buildings and construction responsible for 38% of total global energy-related CO2 emissions. If we are to tackle these carbon emissions and limit temperature increases to 1.5°C, the built environment industry, governments and public must act now to identify and deliver climate solutions at scale. Learn more about what needs to be done at buildingtocop.org.

Build Better Now is an immersive virtual reality exhibition showcasing inspiring, global ideas for a more sustainable built environment. The associated events programme brings together international speakers to examine the challenges we face and the opportunities for transformation within our buildings, cities and infrastructure.


The Build Better Now events programme follows daily themes of the official COP26 Presidency Programme with a focus on the Built Environment. Featuring speakers from across the global industry with a range of expertise, the programme promises to be an inspiring way to engage with the solutions our buildings can provide. Build Better Now events are free and open to a global audience.

Explore the official Build Better Now programme for COP26 below. For even more ways to engage, you can view a detailed schedule of events led by our partners below. Together, these programmes offer a rich selection of content covering the official COP26 themes and shine the spotlight on sustainability in the built environment.

A PLEDGE FOR COP26: THE CRITICAL ROLE OF CITIES IN MEETING CLIMATE AMBITIONS Monday 1st November, 12-1pm A HUMAN FUTURE: A NEW SKILLS PARADIGM FOR OUR TRANSITION TO ZERO CARBON Tuesday 2nd November, 9-10am HOW CAN SMART FLEXIBLE BUILDINGS HELP US REACH NET ZERO? Tuesday 2nd November, 12-1pm BUILDING NET ZERO: MOBILISING CAPITAL FOR A SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT Wednesday 3rd November, 9-10am DECARBONISING THE UK’S HOUSING STOCK: FINDING THE £250 BILLION Wednesday 3rd November, 12-1pm THE RETROFIT OPPORTUNITY Thursday 4th November, 9-10am SUSTAINABLE CITY REGIONS: HOW CAN WE ENABLE ZERO-CARBON LIVING AT SCALE? Thursday 4th November, 12-1pm EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE TO BECOME THE CLIMATE-AWARE BUILT ENVIRONMENT PROFESSIONALS OF THE FUTURE: WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO NOW? Friday 5th November, 8-9am WHY CIRCULARITY SHOULD BE YOUR ROUTE TO NET ZERO Friday 5th November, 12-1pm QUANTIFYING THE COSTS OF (IN)ACTION: THE MEASUREMENT AND REPORTING OF PHYSICAL CLIMATE RISKS TO BUILT ASSETS Monday 8th November, 9-10am RACE TO RESILIENCE: HOW TO FINANCE THE BUILT ASSET ADAPTATION GAP Monday 8th November, 12-1pm SAFE, SUSTAINABLE & HEALTHY – THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BUILDING SAFETY REFORM, SUSTAINABILITY AND WELLBEING Tuesday 9th November, 9-10am INNOVATION AT THE HEART OF A ZERO CARBON BUILT ENVIRONMENT Tuesday 9th November, 12-1pm DESIGNING A GREEN AND RESILIENT BUILT ENVIRONMENT – WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO NOW AND IN THE FUTURE? Wednesday 10th November, 9-10am PLANNING FOR TRANSPORT AND CONNECTIVITY: HOW DO WE BUILD HOLISTIC NET ZERO AND RESILIENT PLACES OF THE FUTURE? Wednesday 10th November, 12-1pm Events have been carefully programmed in collaboration with WorldGBC and partners representing the United Nations (UN) to avoid content clashes with the official programme. No events are scheduled for Cities, Regions & Built Environment Day on 11th November. On this day, we will be sharing links to view events live-streamed from COP26 in Glasgow.


Original source: Build Better Now

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