WorldGBC Chairman highlights need for net zero buildings during visit to Croatia

Thursday 15th June 2017

 

Tai Lee Siang, the Chairman of WorldGBC’s Board of Directors, highlighted the need for all buildings to become net zero carbon by 2050 during a recent visit to Croatia, in which he gave a keynote speech alongside the Mayor of Zagreb, Milan Bandić, as part of Zagreb Energy Week.

Lee Siang was speaking shortly before the launch of WorldGBC’s new report From Thousands to Billions, which calls on businesses, governments and the NGO sector to start work today in order to achieve the 2050 target, and to help deliver the Paris Agreement to keep global temperature rises to within 2 degree Celsius.

He was joined by Croatia Green Building Council’s (CGBC) Executive Director Snježana Turalija, members of the CGBC Board and high representatives of the City of Zagreb for a series of tours and events last month.

Whilst Croatia is a smaller construction market within the EU, it is punching above its weight in terms of green construction. It has a long-term strategy on investing in the deep energy renovation of existing buildings until 2050, and nearly zero energy buildings (nZEBs) will be the official standard for building or renovating public buildings from 2018 (as well as private buildings from 2020).

Over 70 commercial buildings, more than 80 public buildings, and over 12,000 family homes and 2,000 multi family homes were renovated in Croatia from 2014 to 2015.

CGBC has been at the epicentre of this surge, playing a prominent role in several of Croatia’s largest green building events, including the Days of Architect 1.0 event, at which Lee Siang spoke with the Croatian Minister of Construction and Physical Planning, Lovro Kuščević, and other high official Croatian guests.

During this speech, Lee Siang shared his experiences both as an architect and urban planner, focusing on strategies to reduce carbon emissions within cities and other urban contexts.

Croatia Green Building Council has been an Established Member of WorldGBC since 2014.

To find out more about Croatia Green Building Council, click here. To read WorldGBC's new report, From Thousands to Billions, click here.

 

Tai Lee Siang, the Chairman of WorldGBC’s Board of Directors, highlighted the need for all buildings to become net zero carbon by 2050 during a recent visit to Croatia, in which he gave a keynote speech alongside the Mayor of Zagreb, Milan Bandić, as part of Zagreb Energy Week.

Lee Siang was speaking shortly before the launch of WorldGBC’s new report From Thousands to Billions, which calls on businesses, governments and the NGO sector to start work today in order to achieve the 2050 target, and to help deliver the Paris Agreement to keep global temperature rises to within 2 degree Celsius.

He was joined by Croatia Green Building Council’s (CGBC) Executive Director Snježana Turalija, members of the CGBC Board and high representatives of the City of Zagreb for a series of tours and events last month.

Whilst Croatia is a smaller construction market within the EU, it is punching above its weight in terms of green construction. It has a long-term strategy on investing in the deep energy renovation of existing buildings until 2050, and nearly zero energy buildings (nZEBs) will be the official standard for building or renovating public buildings from 2018 (as well as private buildings from 2020).

Over 70 commercial buildings, more than 80 public buildings, and over 12,000 family homes and 2,000 multi family homes were renovated in Croatia from 2014 to 2015.

CGBC has been at the epicentre of this surge, playing a prominent role in several of Croatia’s largest green building events, including the Days of Architect 1.0 event, at which Lee Siang spoke with the Croatian Minister of Construction and Physical Planning, Lovro Kuščević, and other high official Croatian guests.

During this speech, Lee Siang shared his experiences both as an architect and urban planner, focusing on strategies to reduce carbon emissions within cities and other urban contexts.

Croatia Green Building Council has been an Established Member of WorldGBC since 2014.

To find out more about Croatia Green Building Council, click here. To read WorldGBC's new report, From Thousands to Billions, click here.