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Published on Dec 4, 2015
The stake behind the COP21, to maintain global warming at 2°C, represents a very ambitious goal. It implies a drastic reduction of CO2 emissions and must even aim for zero emission by the end of the century, according to scientists. The level of commitment of countries to reduce their emissions is at the center of the negociations in Paris. The Agenda of the solutions comes in addition to these commitments. This agenda includes cooperative initiatives, involving governmental and non-governmental stakeholders (companies, local governments, international organisations, NGOs,...). The building sector currently contributes for about one third of these emissions. That contribution will double by 2050 if nothing is done (business as usual). And yet, solutions exist! Entrepreneurs, innovators, architects, developers... have already built comfortable, healthy and affordable low carbon buildings. The Green Building Solutions Awards, a yearly international competition run by Construction21 since 2013, aims to highlight these exemplary buildings. You will discover the best of them in the next pages. By visiting the www.construction21.org website, you can also browse a thousand more exemplary buildings, read news and exchange with other professionals in the numerous online communities. With ten national portals allowing professionals to work in their language, Construction21 asserts its position as the international social media for green buildings. With City21, its new database on urban solutions launched in December 2015, and projects in several countries, the platform scales up. Construction21 aims to become THE professional social media to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal #11 on sustainable cities and buildings.