The GlobalABC event “Towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient sustainable buildings and construction sectors: local government action from around the world” is now part of the Sustainable Building Codes Day. Guests are invited to participate in both events. Check the agenda for more details.

Between 12 and 14 of September, the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco will bring together leaders and experts from around the world to celebrate achievements in the climate agenda and set more ambitious climate mitigation goals for the future. The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) and the Global Building Performance Network (GBPN) are taking this opportunity to gather stakeholders in sustainable buildings and construction to meet and learn about how local governments are driving zero-emission, efficient and resilient building and construction sectors.

This event provides a platform for exchanging best practices in building code legislation and accessing and using online knowledge and evidence to inform policymaking. By offering local governments the opportunity to showcase their work, it promotes raising ambition levels for a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector. Highlighting the essential role of building codes for transformative change, the event also provides participants with the opportunity to learn from one another how to overcome challenges towards a sustainable buildings and construction sector. Such knowledge sharing can be a powerful tool for cities around the world to build momentum advancing sustainable buildings and construction.

This Sustainable Building Code Day will see two linked events, both focused cities’ best practices in building and construction policies and especially building codes.

Event One – Truth On-line: The Evidence Base on Buildings Policies that Work to Decarbonize Cities: 11:30 – 13:00
Welcome & Introduction to the City Knowledge Centre ProjectEvidence vs.Informationon-line: How Urban Policy-Makers find Evidence to Support Building Energy Policy Development

Peter Graham, PhD – Executive Director, Global Buildings Performance Network
Panel 1: Innovation in Evidencing: How to find Policy Best Practices on-line?

Zoe Sprigings, Program Director, Energy & Buildings – C40
Maryke Van Staden, Manager Low Carbon City Agenda – ICLEI (TBC)
Martina Otto, Head – Cities Unit – U.N. Environment
City of Houston/HARC (TBC)

Panel 2: Evidence in the Field: How to use Policy Best-Practices in the field

Cliff Majersik – Executive Director, Institute for Market Transformation
Emma Stewart, Director Urban Efficiency & Climate – World Resources Institute- Experience from the Buildings Efficiency Accelerator
Shari Friedman, International Finance Corporation EDGE Program (TBC)
City Representative (TBC)

Event Two – Towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction: local government action for sustainable buildings: 14:00 – 16:00
Welcome remarks

Lynelle Cameron, VP of Sustainability at Autodesk and CEO of the Autodesk Foundation
Keynote address: Local governments’ key role for a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector

H.E. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates

Andrew McAllister, California Energy Commissioner for Green Buildings

Panel: Showcasing ambitious local government legislation towards transforming the building and construction sector

Moderator: Martina Otto, Head of Cities Unit UN Environment & Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) Secretariat


Ibrahim N. Al-Zu’bi, Vice Chair, Corporate Advisory Board, World Green Building Council (WorldGBC); Chief Sustainability Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Holding (MAF); Senior Advisor – Sustainability, Dubai Land Department, Government of Dubai

Barry Hooper, Energy Team, San Francisco Department of the Environment, City of San Francisco

Matt Horne, Climate Policy Manager, City of Vancouver

Arturo Cervera Mondragón, Program Coordinator of the General Directorate, National Commission of Housing, Mexico

Bronwyn Barry, Board President, North American Passive House Network

Moderated discussion with panelists + Q&A

Cocktail reception