Energy use in buildings and for building construction represents more than one-third of global final energy consumption and contributes to nearly one-quarter of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions worldwide. A growing population, as well as rapid growth in purchasing power in emerging economies and developing countries means that energy demand in buildings could increase by 50% by 2050. At the same time, global building floor area is expected to double by 2050, driving energy demand and related GHG emissions for construction.

On the other hand, the building sector offers the largest cost-effective...

facilitating the worldwide transition towards

low energy & ghg and resilient real estate


Buildings direct and indirect related emissions under the responsibility of the building sector (energy consumption for heating and cooling, hot water and lighting; leakage of F-gas; energy and GHG embedded in Building materials) represent today nearly 20% of the worldwide GHG emissions. Meanwhile the building floor area should double by 2050. The success of the implementation of the Paris agreement needs a real transition towards low energy, low GHG and resilient Buildings. The GABC's challenge is to facilitate this worldwide transition by reinforcing clear actions and initiatives of all stakeholders of the building sector value chain.

This transition integrates in a new energy paradigm. Indeed, energy policy has been structured by supply issues. Now the falling prices of renewable technologies open the possibility of phasing out fossil energies in almost all sectors, including the building and construction one. Yet, guaranteeing access to energy for all to have a good life quality and comfort cannot be accomplished by a simple substitution of energy sources. This requires to guide energy policies towards the notion of energy services and energy demand, as an in-depth transformation of the energy demand is needed. This is difficult to achieve as energy demand is complex to plan. Developed countries should decrease their energy consumption per inhabitant, whereas the other countries should guarantee an access to energy that would allow a satisfying life quality and comfort per inhabitant, by at the same time reducing the environmental impact. Within this context, the GABC offers the possibility to foster cooperation among countries and connect them in a collective and unified effort to plan energy demand.

support & commitments
Ms Segolene Royal

French Minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, in charge of International Relations on Clim...

Mr Abdoulaye Balde

Senegalese Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development

Ms Emmanuelle Cosse

French Minister of Housing and Territorial Equality

Ms Terri Wills

CEO, World Green Building Council

Allocution d’ouverture

  Excellences, Mesdames et Messieurs,

Honorable assistance,

C’est avec un grand plaisir que je participe aujourd’hui à cette journée dédiée au secteur du bâtiment qui constituera sans aucun doute une étape décisive dans l’ensemble des travaux de l’Alliance Mondiale pour les Bâtiments et la Construction (GABC).   ...  

Monsieur Mohammed Nabil BENABDALLAH, Ministre de l’Habitat et de la Politique de la Ville

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