Our climate is changing, with big implications for the building industry. BRANZ is working with partners to help the industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions and be better prepared to cope with the changes.
The work comes under the umbrella of the Transition to a Zero-Carbon Built Environment programme. The aim of this programme is that by 2050, the building and construction industry is delivering net-zero carbon buildings in an affordable way.
Climate patterns have always changed, but significant changes now under way have been attributed to human activities. Increasing levels of gases such as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from burning coal, oil and gas are acting like a greenhouse, lifting temperatures.
With greater awareness and focus on climate change as a result of its impact on people and the environment, it is becoming increasingly important to understand and mitigate causes, such as gas emissions. The built environment has a responsibility to adapt and mitigate the effects of its products and processes as it contributes 15-20% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand, primarily made up of the long-lived gas carbon dioxide (CO2).
We need to mitigate emissions through adopting:
As part of the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, New Zealand has made a number of commitments. The key ones are:
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