Long before COP26, the architect’s career was being reshaped by climate change

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On 31st October, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) will begin in Glasgow, Scotland. Among the events across the two-week conference is Built Environment Day: the first time a dedicated day at COP will be given to addressing carbon emissions from buildings. The dedicated day, scheduled for 12th November, is in addition to a virtual climate pavilion running throughout the conference which, as we previously reported, will feature 17 exemplary climate-conscious architectural projects from around the world.

The inclusion of a dedicated Built Environment Day at COP26 is not without reason, and is arguably long overdue. According to the World Green Building Council, almost 40% of global energy and process-related emissions are generated by the building and construction industry. While 28% of emissions are derived from operational energy use, such as heating, cooling, and powering buildings, the remaining 11% of emissions are released from materials and construction …

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