Chapter 13: Climate change adaptation and green building
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Climate change presents a twofold challenge in the context of buildings. Buildings affect the climate and are in turn vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Buildings are responsible for around 40% of annual global greenhouse gas emissions and new buildings are built each day. Green building can reduce the buildings' contribution to climate change and increase the resilience of the built environment to climate change. Legal and regulatory frameworks are crucially important to the facilitation of the green building transformation. This chapter discusses the legal and regulatory context of green building from the perspective of climate change adaptation. It covers different levels of governance and a variety of relevant legal frameworks and regulatory instruments as well as offering perspectives on how best to harness their potential to strengthen the resilience of the built environment to climate change impacts.

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