New dialogue and reporting tool launched to promote net-zero buildings

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has teamed up with industry partners to launch the Building System Carbon Framework. Its aim is to help align company actions towards a net-zero built environment.

The Building System Carbon Framework is targeted at companies involved in all aspects of the building sector: manufacturing, designing, constructing, investing, owning, operating, occupying, renovating and demolishing buildings.

It was launched at the end of June by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) together with a broad range of members companies: Acciona, Arcadis, ArcelorMittal, Arup, CRH, Guidehouse, LafargeHolcim, Mahindra Lifespaces, Majid al Futtaim, New World Development, Saint-Gobain and Skansk.

The aim of the framework is to develop a new framework for aligning all actors of the built environment around a common language for carbon emissions. According to a press release, the new framework will facilitate cooperation across the diverse building and construction system by using common metrics and a full life-cycle approach.

It utilizes a user-friendly reporting tool that provides a clear overview of the carbon emissions in the building and construction system and encourages stakeholders to identify the best emission-reduction strategies for all parts of the value chain.

According to the WBCSD, the built environment is currently responsible for 40 percent of the global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. “To achieve net zero, companies must collaborate,” says the WBCSD. This is precisely what the new framework seeks to accomplish.

In a first next step, the framework will be applied to case studies conducted in collaboration with project members.

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