During the Inaugural Meeting and Seminar of the GABC held in Paris 18 to 19 April 2016, members identified priorities for a transition towards a low-carbon, energy efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector. To that end, members established 5 Work Areas: Awareness and Education, Public Policies, Market Transformation, Finance, and Measurement, Data and Accountability.

GABC members also agreed on two ad-hoc frameworks: a Global Roadmap for the transition towards a low-carbon, energy efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector; and the Global Status Report, an annual report focused on GHG emission development in the buildings and construction sector.

Current Situation

The challenge: A fragmented value chain.

Technological, design, and material solutions exist to use less energy to energize, cool, heat, ventilate, and light our buildings, in conjunction with better performing building facades, roofs, and insulation. This includes passive and active design elements. However, non-technical barriers hamper the uptake of these solutions in new and existing buildings. These challenges relate mainly to the fragmentation of the building value chain and the lack of alignment of stakeholder priorities and interests. Key examples of market barriers are:

Lack of awareness among building users and owners.

Lack of leadership, particularly related to challenges in understanding the need for action and making the business case.

Lack of available workforce capacity, and the need for proper skills (and respective education) and collaboration along the value chain to implement the right solutions.

Lack of adequate financing models.

Lack of consistent and long-term policy frameworks (national and sub-national), including regulations and incentive schemes.


The Market Transformation Work Area will develop comprehensive well-below 2oC path action plans across the entire buildings value chain, including focus on workforce development, skills and training, support for technology transfer, and capacity building.

Activities & Support

The Market Transformation Work Area will combine the tools and capabilities of global, regional and local private sector, and professional representative organizations to systematically enable building & construction value chains to deliver projects with a high life-cycle performance contributing to the well-below 2oC path by:

Identifying good examples of value chain collaboration leading to transformative action at project/portfolio, market and global supply chain levels.

Supporting the development of well-below 2oC large scale portfolio action plans which involve the entire value chain in collaboration with a number of the world’s largest building and construction companies, large building portfolios, and large-scale construction/developers in order to gain scale.

Creating and sustaining demand for sustainable buildings and construction using supply-side measures such as skills and training, and support increasing demand through better access to data on health and wellbeing, better global recognition of companies which are committing to and/or implementing climate commitments consistent with the well-below 2oC path.

Accelerating the development of local well-below 2oC action plans to increase the uptake of sustainable buildings & construction by leveraging the work by GABC partner networks to bring together buildings and construction stakeholders in local, regional, and national markets to develop action plans that overcome the barriers for well-below 2oC path action. Developing local action plans includes identifying funding to conduct market engagement and coordinate community engagement (including communication activities).


    The Market Transformation Work Area is initiated by the World Green Building Council (WGBC), the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and LafargeHolcim. The Work Area is led by the following persons:

    Roland Hunziker, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Email: hunziker@wbcsd.org

    Jonathan Laski, World Green Building Council (WorldGBC). Email: jlaski@worldgbc.org

    Michael Scharpf, LafargeHolcim. Email: michael.scharpf@lafargeholcim.com

    Cedric de Meeus, LafargeHolcim. Email: cedric.demeeus@lafargeholcim.com

All Work Areas welcome new participants. Please contact the GABC Secretariat for more information at global.abc@un.org