Photos | 17 sustainable projects selected to feature in COP26 virtual exhibition

University of East Anglia Enterprise Centre, Norwich, England, by Architype, BDP, Morgan Sindall, Churchman Thornhill Finch (Image: Dennis Gilbert)

A total of 17 exemplary sustainable projects will feature in a virtual exhibition during COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference.

The exhibition, called Build Better Now, aims to showcase the role buildings and cities can play as a solution to climate change.

At COP26, which takes place in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November, world leaders will meet to discuss action on climate change and there will be a day dedicated to action on buildings and cities. Globally, buildings consume more than a third of energy produced, and are responsible for 40% of global energy-related carbon emissions.

Powerhouse Brattørkaia, Trondheim, Norway, by ENTRA ASA, Snøhetta, AsplanViak, ZERO, Skanska Norway

Build Better Now will act as a global call is supported by a coalition of more than 100 partner organisations from the built environment industry.

Sara Cultural Centre, Skellefteå, Sweden, by Skellefteå Municipality, HENT AS, White Arkitekter, Florian Kosche, TK Botnia, WSP, Incoord, Martinssons AB, Derome

As a centrepiece to Build Better Now, Make Architects has designed a sustainability focused 360° installation. ‘The Fountain of Circular Recovery’ highlights opportunities for recovery, reuse and recycling in the built environment to establish a truly circular economy.

TECLA, Massa Lombarda, Italy, by Mario Cucinella Architects, School of Sustainability Bologna

International projects to be showcased include a cultural centre in Sweden that will be one of the world’s tallest timber buildings; and a UK university building constructed utilising thatch and reed.

Heart of School, Green School Bali, Bali, Indonesia, by John Hardy, PT Bambu, Heru Wijayanto, Joerg Stamm, Gadjah Mada University

The 17 projects selected for Build Better Now at the COP26 Built Environment Virtual Pavilion are:

Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at the UK Green Building Council, said: “With COP26 in November, the world is ready to tackle climate change and the built environment has a crucial part to play. 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.”

Alongside the exhibition, Build Better Now will host an events series comprising a programme of tours and talks, keynotes, panel discussions and other downloadable content, to educate and inspire the built environment industry and public to act now to identify and deliver climate solutions at scale.

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