Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition, Beyond Zero Buildings, Scottish Eco Architecture 2021

Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition

2 November 2021

Location: Glasgow City, United Kingdom

Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition
The Natural Capital Laboratory, Scotland, by AECOM, University of Cumbria, Lifescape Project, NatureMetrics, Emilia and Roger Leese – image © AECOM

Build Better Now

Virtual pavilion for COP26 opens to the public, showcasing pioneering building projects and tackling global sustainability themes

Build Better Now, a virtual reality online exhibition demonstrating the opportunities for tackling the Climate Emergency and limiting the environmental impact of the buildings and cities we inhabit, has opened to the public.

Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition
Singita Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri, Rwanda, by Rwandan Development Board, Singita, Milton Group LLC, GAPP Architects SA, FBW Architects and Engineers Rwanda, TRPalmer, ASA Rwanda, Seyani Brothers, Grumeti construction TZ, Milton Group LLC, Bioregional UK, Earth Systems Africa, GAPP Architects SA, Ecolution Consulting SA – image © Adriaan Louw

• 17 exemplary sustainable projects and a centrepiece installation feature in Build Better Now, a virtual pavilion developed by AECOM.

• Exhibition and events programme showcase the urgent role that buildings and cities can play as a solution to the climate and ecological emergency.

• Central 3D installation by Make Architects highlights the potential for a circular future to restore our natural world.

COP26 Virtual Exhibition - TECLA
TECLA, Massa Lombarda, Italy, by Mario Cucinella Architects, SOS – School of Sustainability, WASP – World’s Advanced Saving Project – image © Iago Corazza

The virtual pavilion, designed by AECOM in collaboration with Install Archive, features a series of dome-shaped exhibition spaces amongst treetops and connected by walkways. The exhibition showcases 17 exemplary sustainable built projects from around the world, selected from an international Open Call. Build Better Now also features a new 3D installation and accompanying film conceived for COP26 by Make Architects.

University of East Anglia Enterprise Centre, Norwich, England,
University of East Anglia Enterprise Centre, Norwich, England, by Architype, BDP, Morgan Sindall, Churchman Thornhill Finch) – image © Dennis Gilbert

The built environment has a central role to play in supporting the world’s transition to a net zero carbon economy. Globally, buildings consume over a third of energy produced, and are responsible for 40% of global energy-related carbon emissions. Build Better Now acts as a global call for climate action and is supported by a coalition of over 100 partner organisations from the built environment industry.

Bridges of Laminated Timber, COP26 Virtual Exhibition
Bridges of Laminated Timber (BoLT), Amsterdam, Netherlands, by Arup, Schaffitzel, Heijmans – image © Arup

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at the UK Green Building Council:
“With COP26, the world is ready to tackle climate change and the built environment has a crucial part to play. We know why we must accelerate climate action and Build Better Now shows how we can get there. Everyone on the planet has a stake in our buildings and cities. I invite everyone to take inspiration from Build Better Now as a global showcase of pioneering solutions to climate change and hope that it supports the industry to create more sustainable buildings, places and cities of the future.”

5 Systems Programme
The 5 Systems Programme: Nga Kāinga Anamata, Auckland, New Zealand, by Kainga Ora, Context Architects, Resilio Studio, Robert Bird Group, Holmes Fires, Aurecon, Ortus International, BRANZ – image © Context Architects

Alongside the exhibition, Build Better Now hosts an events series comprising a programme of tours and talks, keynotes, panel discussions and other downloadable content, to educate and inspire the built environment industry and public to act now to identify and deliver climate solutions at scale.

Hope Rise, Bristol, England
Hope Rise, Bristol, England, by ZED PODS Ltd, Bristol City Council, Avie Consulting Ltd, Vale Consulting Ltd, Below Ground Ltd – image © ZED PODS Limited

Following the Open Call, which was launched in June 2021, a rigorous and transparent selection process was undertaken to find projects for the exhibition. A judging panel comprising industry leaders from across the world, with insight into the complexities of built environment sustainability issues on a regional and local level, selected projects that are making an immediate positive impact on the planet and people’s lives.

Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition
Powerhouse Brattørkaia, Trondheim, Norway, by ENTRA ASA, Snøhetta, AsplanViak, ZERO, Skanska Norway – image © Ivar Kvaal

These projects are both scalable and replicable – giving the potential to deliver far-reaching impacts. Exploring themes such as natural resource use, climate mitigation and adaptation and nature and biodiversity, Build Better Now will showcase some of the most innovative solutions from across the globe.

Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition
Pioneering a Mass Timber Market in East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, by BuildX Studio, Gatsby Africa, AKT II, Arup, Timberliving SA, X-LAM, Autodesk Foundation, DOEN Foundation – image © BuildX Studio

Make Architects was selected to design a sustainability focused 360° installation and accompanying film that acts as a centrepiece within the pavilion. ‘The Fountain of Circular Recovery’ highlights opportunities for recovery, reuse and recycling in the built environment to establish a truly circular economy.

Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition
Milan Innovation District, Milan, Italy, by Lendlease, Arexpo, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, E.ON, Carlo Ratti, Mario Cucinella Architects, Piuarch, Beema, LAND, MAD Architects, Obr, Arup, Deerns, Milan Ingegneria, J+S, Italian Department of Justice, PlusValue – image © artist impression

Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition
Sara Cultural Centre, Skellefteå, Sweden, by Skellefteå Municipality, HENT AS, White Arkitekter, Florian Kosche, TK Botnia, WSP, Incoord, Martinssons AB, Derome – image © Patrick Degerman

Pioneering projects include a cultural centre in Sweden that will be one of the world’s tallest timber buildings; the largest Certified Passivhaus building in the Southern hemisphere in Australia; a 100-hectare innovation district in Italy digitally mapped and powered by 100% renewable energy sources; and the largest new build energy-positive office building in Norway, which supplies surplus renewable energy to neighbouring buildings as well as powering electric buses.

Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition
Modulus Homes, Karachi, Pakistan, by ModulusTech, Reall Limited, Open Door Design Studio, Trellis Housing Finance Limited, ConnectHear, Spaces PK – image © ModulusTech

Buildings constructed using natural local materials range from a UK university building utilising thatch and reed; a school in Indonesia built with bamboo and the first 3D-printed sustainable homes made entirely from raw clay – perfectly balancing ultra-modern construction techniques with historic, traditional materials.

Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition
NCH2050 Homes, Nottingham, England, by Melius Homes, Nottingham City Council, Focus Consultants, Studio Partington, Energiesprong UK, Nottingham Trent University, Lincoln University – image © Tracey Whitefoot/Melius Homes

Projects protecting and enhancing nature include a government-led eco-tourism initiative to restore a national park in Rwanda and a high-tech rewilding project, restoring native forest and peatlands and reintroducing locally extinct species to 100 acres of land in the Scottish Highlands, which will form a template for similar nature regeneration globally.

Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition
107 Niddrie Road, Glasgow, Scotland, by John Gilbert Architects, NBM Construction Cost Consultants, Design Engineering Workshop, Graham Drummond, WARM, CCG Construction, Glasgow University, University of Strathclyde – image © John Gilbert Architects

As well as government-funded research into retrofitting Scotland’s iconic but hard-to-heat tenement homes, the exhibition features a favela in Brazil and affordable sustainable housing solutions in the UK, New Zealand and Pakistan. Also included are an adaptable cross laminated timber bridge concept designed for a circular economy, as well as an initiative to develop a sustainable mass timber building market building in East Africa.

Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition
The Fountain of Circular Recovery (central installation) by Make Architects – image © Make Architects

Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council, speaking at the launch of Build Better Now said:
“We are coming together for COP26 to spotlight the built environment as a solution to climate change. This is the most visible and coordinated the industry has ever been at a climate summit of this calibre. Build Better Now provides us with an opportunity to learn how sustainable building practices are having a positive impact on people’s lives. We must ensure that the world listens to the steps needed to create sustainable buildings, which means building and renovating with Whole Life Carbon principles, embracing a circular economy and creating people centric, healthy buildings that are resilient to the effects of climate change.”

Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition
Heart of School, Green School Bali, Bali, Indonesia, by John Hardy, PT Bambu, Heru Wijayanto, Joerg Stamm, Gadjah Mada University – image © PT Bambu

The COP26 Built Environment Virtual Pavilion has been designed and developed by the Visualisation and VR team at AECOM in collaboration with exhibition designers Install Archive.

Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition
Favela da Paz, São Paulo, Brazil, by Favela da Paz Institute – image © Favela da Paz Institute

The international judging panel for the COP26 Built Environment Virtual Pavilion included:

• Dr. Anna Braune, Head of Research and Development, German Sustainable Building Council

• Chris Brown, Executive Chair, igloo Regeneration

• Tor Burrows, Executive Director – Sustainability & Innovation, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

• Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation, Green Building Council of Australia

• Elizabeth Wangeci Chege, Vice Chair of World Green Building Council: Africa Regional Network

• Christina Cheong, Green Buildings Lead, Global Green Growth Institute

• Hastings Chikoko, Managing Director of Regions and Mayoral Engagement & Regional Director for Africa, C40

• Felipe Faria, CEO, Green Building Council Brazil

• Jane Findlay, President of the Landscape Institute and Director of Fira

• Sunand Prasad, Principal, Penoyre & Prasad

• Sue Riddlestone OBE, CEO and Co-Founder, Bioregional

• Diba Salam, Founder and Creative Director, Studio DS London

• Amanda Sturgeon, Regenerative Design Lead, Mott MacDonald

• Peter Templeton, is President and CEO of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

• Wei Yang, President, Royal Town Planning Institute

Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition
Monash Woodside Building for Technology and Design, Melbourne, Australia, by Grimshaw, Aurecon, ASPECT Studios, BSGM, Minesco, Root Projects, Six Ideas, Bollinger Grohman – image © Michael Kai

Build Better Now, COP26 Virtual Exhibition
The Natural Capital Laboratory, Scotland, by AECOM, University of Cumbria, Lifescape Project, NatureMetrics, Emilia and Roger Leese – image © Chris Coupland/AECOM

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