17 global projects and a centrepiece installation will feature in a virtual exhibition taking place during the COP26 climate summit in November, showcasing the role buildings and cities can play in tackling the climate and ecological emergencies
The Landscape Institute (LI) is one of over 100 partners supporting the UK Green Building Council’s Build Better Now, an innovative virtual reality exhibition demonstrating how buildings and cities can support the transition to a zero-carbon economy.
The exhibition will run throughout the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow this year – the biggest conference the UK has ever hosted, and the most important climate event since the 2015 Paris Agreement. Taking place from 31 October to 12 November, the summit will also feature a dedicated built environment day in its presidency programme.
‘The world is ready to tackle climate change, and the built environment has a crucial part to play,’ said Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at the UK Green Building Council. ‘We know why we must accelerate climate action, and Build Better Now shows how we can get there. 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.’
Globally, buildings consume over a third of energy produced, and are responsible for 40% of energy-related carbon emissions.
Alongside the exhibition, Build Better Now will host a series of tours and talks, keynotes, panel discussions, and downloadable content to educate and inspire the built environment industry and public to identify and deliver climate solutions at scale.
About the pavilion
Following an open call in June 2021, the UK Green Building Council received submissions from around the world, which an international judging panel narrowed down to 17 exemplary sustainable projects.
LI President Jane Findlay was among the panel of industry experts who undertook the selection process. The chosen projects are making an immediate, positive impact on the planet and people’s lives, and are both scalable and replicable, with potential to deliver far-reaching impacts.
Exploring themes such as natural resource use, climate mitigation and adaptation, and nature and biodiversity, Build Better Now will showcase some of the boldest climate innovations from around the world, including:
- a cultural centre in Sweden that will be one of the world’s tallest timber buildings
- in Australia, the largest Certified Passivhaus building in the Southern hemisphere
- a 100-hectare innovation district in Italy digitally mapped and powered by 100% renewable energy sources
- the largest new-build energy-positive office in Norway, which supplies surplus renewable energy to neighbouring buildings, as well as powering electric buses
- buildings constructed using natural local materials, including the first 3D-printed sustainable homes made entirely from raw clay
- a government-led eco-tourism initiative to restore a national park in Rwanda
- a high-tech rewilding project, restoring native forest and peatlands and reintroducing locally extinct species to 100 acres of land in the Scottish Highlands