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GlobalABC roadmap for buildings and construction 2020 – 2050

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Credits: United Nation Environment Programme, 2020 and IEA, 2020

Towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector

The purpose of this roadmap is to support a common language and vision for the complete decarbonisation of the buildings across their life cycle and to support the development of national or subnational strategies and policies, including for example, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). It outlines the range of actions that stakeholders can take in the short, medium and long term to achieve a built environment that is zero-emission, efficient and resilient. It covers eight “activities”: urban planning, new buildings, existing buildings, building operations, appliances and systems, materials, resilience and clean energy, and for each of these proposes key actions, targets for policies and technologies, and enabling measures with the aspiration of reaching net-zero carbon emission buildings by 2050.


The Global Roadmap builds on consultation with over 700 stakeholders and buildings experts around the world who provided input to collectively build the timelines across the eight buildings and construction activities.


To support decarbonising new and existing buildings, effective policies and regulations need to cover the entire building life cycle, including the design, development, operation and decommissioning stages, and also act beyond site boundaries through neighbourhood planning and clean energy. To accelerate action, greater collaboration involving a range of stakeholders is needed, including policy makers, urban planners, architects, construction companies, materials suppliers, utility companies, developers and investors. Based on extensive stakeholder consultation and analysis, the following actions would need to be undertaken in order to achieve progress towards zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings.


The IEA and the GlobalABC have also developed a series of regional roadmaps to identify region specific priority actions and pathways: the GlobalABC Regional Roadmaps for Buildings and Construction for Africa, for Asia and for Latin America.