Australia builds for climate change

Building for Environmental Sustainability


The Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) has joined forces with the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) to deliver on the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and tackle climate change, playing a national leadership role in advancing the dialogue, innovation and delivery of a number of mandatory and voluntary environmental sustainability initiatives to eliminate worst practices and force players to improve their building practices with regard to energy consumption and environmental impact.

Our buildings are responsible for 23 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and we are at the cusp of an emerging opportunity to transform how we build cities says Romilly Madew Chief Executive Officer of the GBCA.

“The built environment presents the greatest opportunity to reduce emissions, at the least cost. Even without any new technology breakthroughs, ClimateWorks Australia modelling shows that energy efficiency measures and fuel switching can reduce projected 2050 emissions from buildings by more than half,” said Ms Madew.

“This makes programs which tackle older buildings, and which drive investment in energy efficiency, essential as we move towards a zero carbon future.”

Lendlease’s Managing Director Steve McCann says resilient urban communities are one of the most sustainable responses a society can make to economic growth.

“As the world’s population urbanises, there is a greater emphasis placed on the role of the built environment, including place, sustainability and community outcomes. People want to live and work in cities that are liveable, connected, accessible and beautiful,” Mr McCann said.

Australia’s commitment to the Paris Climate Change Agreement demands a transition to net zero emissions by 2050. The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s Low Carbon, High Performance report indicates the nation’s built environment sector can reach the agreement by 2050, delivering healthier, more productive cities and save $20 billion using technologies that exist today.