Building Action Symposium - Greener and smarter for good: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to unlock the potential of buildings and construction sector

6 December 2018 | 6 December 2018

Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC), Construction21

University of Silesia (10-minute walk from the COP24 Site - International Conference Center (MCK), Plac Slawika I Antalla, 40-166, Katowice) | Bankowa 12, 40-007 | Katowice, Poland


University of Silesia (10-minute walk from the COP24 Site - International Conference Center (MCK), Plac Slawika I Antalla, 40-166, Katowice) | Bankowa 12, 40-007 | Katowice, Poland

09:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Register here.

The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction and Construction21 warmly invite you to join us at the 2018 GlobalABC Buildings Action Symposium which is a technical event that will bring together experts and leaders to discuss climate action in the buildings and construction sector and focus on how to develop meaningful Nationally Determined Contributions towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector. The Symposium will present findings from the GlobalABC Guidance Tool on Incorporating Buildings Sector Climate Actions in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) as well as best practice cases and success stories to inspire peer to peer learning and raise ambition levels for sustainable buildings and construction aligned with a well-below 2°C pathway.


The event will take place at the University of Silesia, in Katowice, Poland - this is a free event but registration is required. 


09:00 – 09:30 Registration and Coffee

09:30 – 09:35 Opening
Mark Radka, Chief, Energy and Climate Branch, UN Environment

09:35 – 09:45 Welcome Remarks

Leszek Drogosz, Director of Infrastructure Department of Warsaw City Hall


09:45 – 10:00 Keynote Speech

Alicja Kuczera, CEO of the Polish Green Building Council


10:00 – 11:00 GlobalABC Guidance Tool on Incorporating Buildings Sector Climate Actions in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

Brian Dean, International Energy Agency

Peter Graham, Head of the Global Buildings Performance Institute (GBPN)

Yves-Laurent Sapoval, Senior Advisor for the Directorate for Housing, Urban Development and Landscapes of France

Moderated by Christine Lemaitre, CEO of German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB)

11:00 – 12:15 Panel 1: Sustainable materials and embodied carbon in the building sector - best practices from around the world

Christian Brodhag, President, Construction21

Papa Lamine Diouf, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Senegal 

Josefina Lindblom, DG Environment, European Commission

Simon Sturgis, Targeting Zero

Jean-Christophe Visier, Director of Energy and Environment, CSTB

Qingqin Wang, Vice President, China Building Research Academy, China

Moderated by Victoria Burrows, Head of Advancing Net Zero, World Green Building Council

12:15– 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:30 Panel 2: Building resilience beyond standard conditions - successful cases and stories

Peter Boswell, Special Adviser, FIDIC

Peter Graham, Executive Director, Global Buildings Performance Institute

Arturo Hiram Cervera Mondragon, Programme Coordinator, National Housing Commission, Mexico

Huy Luong Quang, Head of Division of GHG emission reduction and ozone layer protection, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam

Emma Rachmawaty, Director for Mitigation of Climate Change Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia 

Moderated by Oriane Cebile, Observatoire de l’Immobilier Durable (OID)

14:30 – 16:15 Panel 3: High-efficiency and low-carbon buildings - financing options
Group I: Energy efficiency and decarbonization

Zamba Batjargal, National focal point for UNFCCC, IPCC, GCF in Mongolia

Jerome Bilodeau, Chief of Policy at Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency, Canada

Ibtissem Bouattay, Project Manager, Ministry of Housing and Land Use Planning, Tunisia

Lucas di Pietro, Coordinator of Adaptation to Climate Change at the National Direction on Climate Change of Argentina


Group II: Financial incentives and role of the private sector

Kurt Emil Eriksen, Senior Policy Advisor, Velux

Marcene Mitchell, Senior Manager Strategy and Business Development, IFC Climate Business Department, World Bank Group

Mitchell Schouchana, Agence Française de Développement

Totok Sulistiyanto, CEO, Green Building Council Indonesia

Moderated by Luca De Giovanetti, Manager, Science-based Targets, World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD)


16:15 – 16:30 Closing remarks: Tomasz Chruszczow, Special Envoy for Climate Change and High-level Champion for COP 24, Republic of Poland


16:30 – 17:30 Bilateral meetings and networking coffee

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Green Solutions Awards winner’s gala

December 6, 5.30pm - 7:30pm, followed by cocktail reception - University of Silesia in Katowice 

Right after the Building Action Symposium – say day, same place – the Construction21 network will reveal the winners of the Green Solutions Awards, an international competition supported by the GABC. The most inspiring buildings, districts and infrastructures will be rewarded during this ceremony where 200 professionals of the industry are expected.
Discover the Green Solutions Awards 2018 winners and meet many professionals of sustainable construction from all over the world!

Free entry - Mandatory registration before 3 December. Register here:



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