Zero Carbon and Circular Challenges in the Built Environment

Policy Options EU and its Member States

The built environment sits at the crossroads of promising pathways to mitigate climate change and to adapt to its unavoidable impacts. Changing how we construct, heat and cool our buildings will trigger positive change.

in many neighbouring sectors, including energy and heavy industry, but also in sectors which at first sight may seem less connected, such as health and education. Getting on track to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C, as was agreed in Paris back in 2015 [2], would not just be good for our climate, but first and foremost for all citizens. What changes to the European policy framework and new initiatives could be prepared and implemented in the coming years? This paper benefited from the discussion in a workshop hosted by the BPIE Board of Directors during which many expert guests provided constructive ideas and challenging input.


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  • Author: Oliver Rapf, BPIE.
  • Publisher: Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE).
  • Publication date: 01/06/2019.
  • Free download: 1.
  • Level of coverage: Europe wide – e.g. EN.
  • Level of scale: All/multiple.
  • Sectors covered: All/multiple.
  • Life cycle stage covered: All/multiple.
  • Keywords: Reversible.
  • Extend of obligation: voluntary.