On both sides of the Atlantic, policymakers, businesses, and civil society are investigating zero carbon policies that would drastically reduce the carbon and environmental footprints of the construction industry. In Europe, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive requires all new buildings from 2021 (and public buildings from 2019) to be aligned with the Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB)
standard. In Canada, the federal government is ensuring that all new federal buildings and major building retrofits prioritize low-carbon and climate resilience.
As momentum is building (pun intended) for the construction sector to become more sustainable, we discussed how to accelerate the adoption of these critical policies with construction professionals working in Canada and Europe.