Green Building Should Start With a Green Supply Chain
Triple Pundit (04/24/15) Sprigg, Graham
The global green building market is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 13 percent between 2015 and 2020, according to the Global Green Building Market Outlook 2020. To achieve this growth rate, “greening the building supply chain is a necessary precondition for up-scaling delivery of green buildings and realizing the associated sustainability opportunities on a commercially-viable and widespread basis,”according to United Nations Environment Program's Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) report. The report helps stakeholders understand resource use in the building and the construction supply chain by focusing on two key dimensions. The first focus is building delivery and management from concept definition, design, construction, in-use, to end-of-life stages. The second focus is 10 priority material supply chains, with a "heat map" to examine the relative environmental impacts and potential for reducing impacts. The report offers a set of recommendations that inform the future work programs of UNEP-SBCI and partners as well as the development of the new Sustainable Buildings and Construction program and part of the 10 Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Consumption and Production.