IHBC@COP26 insights: Only 2 fabric upgrades – both UK – in UKGBC’s 17 ‘exemplary sustainable projects’ for COP26!

Seventeen sustainable projects, including a timber cultural centre, a school built from bamboo and 3D-printed clay homes, have featured in the ‘Build Better Now’ virtual pavilion from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) for COP26, though only two use the structures already here!

image for illustration purposes only Build Better Now Exhibition website

… backing of 100 partner organisations from the built environment industry…

Dezeen writes:

The Build Better Now exhibition aims to demonstrate opportunities to tackle the climate emergency and limit the impact of the built environment, which is thought to be responsible for around 40 per cent of global CO2 emissions.

It is run by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) with the backing of 100 partner organisations from the built environment industry. The virtual exhibition will showcase “inspiring, global ideas” for how to create a more sustainable built environment.

“With COP26 in November, the world is ready to tackle climate change and the built environment has a crucial part to play,” CEO at the UK Green Building Council Julie Hirigoyen said.

“We know why we must accelerate climate action and Build Better Now shows how we can get there,” she added.

“Everyone on the planet has a stake in our buildings and cities. I invite everyone to take inspiration from Build Better Now as a global showcase of pioneering solutions to climate change and hope that it supports the industry to create more sustainable buildings, places and cities of the future.”….

NCH2050 Homes, Nottingham, England

This net-zero energy project, the first of its kind in the UK, was commissioned by Nottingham City Homes and adopts the Energiesprong approach, which focuses on upgrading homes with energy-saving and energy-generating measures.

It “harnesses the speed and efficiency that prefabrication offers” to create buildings that generate the total amount of energy required for heating, hot water and electrical appliances, and includes a smart-energy system that provides real-time data.

“Making our homes energy efficient is one of the most urgent steps that we need to take to enable sustainable living and to help eliminate fuel poverty,” said Sue Riddlestone CEO & co-founder, Bioregional.

“This inspirational project shows how a complete net zero retrofit at scale can transform our old homes for the benefit of residents and the planet, and will, we hope, inspire the scale and pace of action we need to go net zero in our built environment.”….

107 Niddrie Road, Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow’s 107 Niddrie Road is the first project to explore how to retrofit Scotland’s tenement buildings from the 19th and early 20th century, of which there are 182,000 in the country. The project is funded by the Scottish government and targets a 70 to 90 per cent energy use reduction.

“Every place in the world has its own much loved iconic historic house types,” said Chris Brown, executive chair of Igloo Regeneration.

“London has a million Victorian terraced homes. COP26 host, Glasgow, has 70,000 tenement flats, typically in two to five storey sandstone apartment buildings constructed between 1840 and 1920 that are the vast majority of the city’s historic fabric,” he added.

“The maintenance and repair of these buildings is already challenging for their owner occupiers, social housing owners, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government. So it is hugely important that Glasgow City Council, Southside Housing Association and Glasgow University are collaborating with leading local professionals and contractors to understand how best to retrofit these buildings to properly insulate them, eliminate the damage the fossil fuel heating of these ageing buildings does to the planet, and give their residents a warm healthy home that is cheap to heat.”

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