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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: Closing the information gap and supporting policy & investment with Measurable, Reportable and Verifiable Data.

Measurable, Reportable and Verifiable (MRV) information is pivotal to accelerating of energy-efficiency in the buildings and construction sectors. In order to finance, construct, and renovate low-carbon, sustainable buildings, decision-makers in the building sector require high quality data to drive, motivate, finance, and require prudent policy action.

At present, despite increasingly globalized building and construction markets, measurement and evaluation tools to track and monitor building performance, continue to vary considerably across the globe. However, it is important to calculate the energy savings’ multiple benefits, also towards the local market.

The absence of embedding MRV mechanisms at the onset of the value chain, results in large data gaps, discordant certification and performance standards, risky markets, and missed opportunities to harness potential natural and financial resource savings across sectors and services.

Whether constructing, buying, leasing or occupying property assets, global investment decisions and effective policy instruments crucially depend on transparency and comparability. To gain the confidence of policy-makers, builders, developers, architects, investors, and all building sector stakeholders, data must be both available (and storable) and credible (verifiable and transparent).

Real estate markets are increasingly global. Whether constructing, buying, leasing or occupying property assets, global investment decisions crucially depend on transparency and comparability, regardless of where the investment originates from. Without it, markets are inherently risky and unsustainable. Transparency and comparability rely on consistent data. Yet the way buildings are currently measured varies dramatically, this significant variability introduces high uncertainty in valuation and project-cost estimation.

Goals

The Measurement, Data and Accountability Work Area has the following goals:

Raise awareness for the buildings and construction sector's potential and progress towards the well-below 2oC pathway.

Collect commitments and track progress made by governments and the building sector towards well-below 2oC.

Promote data transparency, consistency and information exchange.

Provide guidance to enhance policy and track investments in the buildings and construction sector.

Facilitate accessibility, transparency, understanding and comparability of energy use through the development of international data, measurement, and standards in the buildings and construction sector.

Activities & Support

The Work Area will work across the Public Policy, Finance, and Market Transformation Work Areas to:

Provide comprehensive assessments of existing technological and policy advances, guidance, and tools to measure and track embodied carbon and energy efficiency in buildings.

Support the scaling up of existing mechanisms for MRV to achieve greater stakeholder harmonization in support of green economies.

Harness an inclusive global movement, driving the development and use of international standards, MRV and Monitoring & Evaluation frameworks, and tools through working with a range of organizations, including but not limited to The Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS), The International Energy Agency (IEA), The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, The World Bank, and UN Environment.

Contacts

    The Measurement, Data and Accountability Work Area is initiated by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE), and Climate KIC. The Work Area is led by the following persons:

    Brian Dean, International Energy Agency (IEA). Email: brian.dean@iea.org

    Ursula Hartenberger, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Email: uhartenberger@rics.org

    Kyryl Tomliak, State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE). Email: k.tomliak10@gmail.com

    York Ostermeyer, Climate KIC

All Work Areas welcome new participants. Please contact the GABC Secretariat for more information at globalabc@unep.org.