WorldGBC launches a guide to ‘Climate Change Resilience in the Built Environment’

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has launched an industry guide on ‘Climate Change Resilience in the Built Environment’. The guide collates effective and practical steps that can be taken on a building, community and city scale in order to adapt and build resilience to the changing climate.

The ‘Climate Change Resilience in the Built Environment’ guide presents principles of built environment management for changes to weather related climate change impacts such as: storms, high winds, droughts, floods, severe temperature change, and wildfires. These principles are focused on measures of mitigation and damage protection from continual or gradual climate impacts and in some cases, extreme weather events.

The impacts of climate change and damage from extreme and gradual weather events will occur at building, community and city scale across all corners of the globe. Therefore, measures to mitigate damage and ensure recoverability must be implemented at a systemic level.

To incorporate climate resilience strategies across a series of complex systems, all built environment stakeholders and decision makers will have to engage and take responsibility. Leadership from local and national government is essential to activate meaningful adaptation and resilience solutions. 

WorldGBC encourages the broad range of built environment stakeholders set out in the guide to engage with their role, to exert their influence and implement change. Under the inevitable impacts of climate change, resilience action is essential if we are to build the community capacity to survive and thrive within our built environments.

“The built environment sector has the opportunity to lead the resilience agenda, placing adaptation on par with mitigation through how we design, manage and occupy buildings and infrastructure for the worlds’ people. Regardless of where you live or where you do business, we all need to build resilience to climate change,” says Nigel Topping, UN High-Level Climate Action Champion for UK COP26, and Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN’s High-Level Climate Action Champion for Egypt COP27.

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