Workshop: Engaging policy to advance low carbon,
resilient communities and quality of life

06 March 2024

Ahead of the Buildings + Climate Global Forum, this workshop brings together officials and staff from both national and local governments, policy experts and advocates, and leading building practitioners for an engaging day-long dive into the policies needed to decarbonize buildings and to create more resilient, livable communities. The workshop includes stage-setting panels in the morning, a luncheon with Keynote speaker, and an afternoon of workshop-style facilitated discussions. The day will conclude with opportunities to collaborate, to reflect, and to make personal commitments. The aim is to prepare participants to the Forum with a global view by presenting examples from countries across the world, consider the role of Life Cycle Assessments and data in the Buildings Breakthrough, and promote a holistic approach to building decarbonization policy including resilience, education and systems thinking.


Engaging policy to advance low carbon, resilient communities and quality of life


The Enniscorthy Forum, UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, US Green Building Council.


Wednesday, March 6, 2024, from 9h00-18h00


La Grande Arche de La Defense (Metro and RER La Défense) – French Ministry building. Preregistration required due to government offices.

Tentative programme (subject to change)

9:00 – 9:30  Registration

9:30 – 9:40  Welcome

10:00 – 11:00 Policies to Decarbonize Buildings Faster and More Equitably

Panel: National government and city representatives from around the
globe along with policy advocates will present successful policies at
decarbonizing buildings. Participants will take away an understanding of
the framework for buildings policies, differences among countries, and
emerging approaches

11:00 – 12:00 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in the Global South

Panel: Discussion on considering Global South construction practices in
efforts to align LCA and near-zero building standards

12:00 – 1:15 Luncheon; Keynote Speaker – Justin Schwartz, Executive Vice President and Provost, Penn State University

1:15 – 1:20 Intro to Workshops (with facilitated table discussions)

1:20 – 2:35 Workshop: Data for Whole Life Carbon (WLC) Policy

Workshop on different types of building data available in different parts of
the world, inputs on use of WLC data for policy making, and launch of
efforts to develop a global buildings database and tracker for reducing
resource use and informing whole life carbon policy

2:35 – 3:50 Workshop: Models for Progress in Leading Cities North and South

Workshop centering on an initiative to communicate key successes and
collaboration in and among leading cities of the Global North and South to
engage all present in envisioning and advocating next step policies

3:50 – 4:15 Coffee break

4:15 – 5:15 Building Integration into Power and Community Infrastructure

Panel: How buildings can serve communities, contribute to flexible grids,
and lead with systems thinking and integrative processes for resilience
and equity

5.15- 5:30 Opportunities for Collaboration

Highlight some of the initiatives that the participants can join, such as the
10 Actions for Addressing Whole Life Cycle in the Buildings
Breakthrough, the Enniscorthy Forum Buildings Action Coalition,
Buildings Policy Cohort

5:30-5:40 Group commitment time

Participants’ quiet time to reflect, and put a reminder in their calendar on
one thing on which they want to follow up and engage.

5:45 – 6:00 Closing