WorldGBC Americas Regional Workshop

San José, Costa Rica
Friday 17th May 2019

Building energy efficiency and net zero roadmaps for cities

The World Green Building Council, the World Resources Institute, and the Building Efficiency Accelerator will host the Americas WorldGBC Regional Workshop “Building Energy Efficiency and Net Zero Roadmaps for Cities” which will be held on 17 May 2019 at the Congress Center and Convention Wyndham Herradura, San José, hosted by GBC Costa Rica.

The workshop aims to create a space for dialogue and multisectoral work where municipal authorities from different countries of the region, private sector representatives, international organizations and global experts on energy efficiency in buildings will identify actions, replicable models and strategies of implementation for structuring public policies on energy efficiency in buildings at a city scale.

Participants from more than twelve different cities and states across the region, including, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico, will join 10 Green Building Councils participating from Brazil, Chile, Peru, Panama, Argentina, Canada, and others. The workshop will also include active participation of C40 Cities, the World Resources Institute, and WRI Mexico, among other private sector representatives such as Johnson Controls International, amongst others key industry leaders.

The workshop will be divided into three modules followed by interactive sessions leading to actions that cities can take with them to implement transformation locally with the support of programs such as BEA.

These modules will cover the following topics:

  • Voluntary energy efficiency programs: Local government leadership and active private sector participation in demonstration projects and energy efficiency strategies in real estate portfolios
  • Mandatory policies and codes for sustainable construction: Success stories from BEA cities in Mexico and Colombia
  • Strategies and roadmaps for net zero carbon buildings: The road to net zero carbon buildings through public policies, multisectoral commitments and Climate Action Plans for cities.

Specifically, this workshop will allow participants to:

  1. Meet regional peers, experts, and external partners to discuss solutions to accelerate initiatives and goals for energy efficiency in buildings in Latin America
  2. Engage with Latin American cities on the challenges and opportunities of different approaches and best practices to develop energy efficiency policies and projects
  3. Learn about opportunities to participate with the BEA, with success stories from Mexico City and Bogota
  4. Identify future opportunities to support the energy performance of buildings through strategic alliances with Green Building Councils (GBC) in each country, the Americas Regional Network of WorldGBC, C40 Cities and the World Resources Institute, among other BEA partners 

Alongside this event, the Americas Regional Network will have a network meeting on 15 May to continue planning the next steps and priorities for this regional project.

The workshop takes place alongside GBC Costa Rica's annual conference Congreso Internacional de Ciudades Sostenibles (CICS 2019)

Building energy efficiency and net zero roadmaps for cities

The World Green Building Council, the World Resources Institute, and the Building Efficiency Accelerator will host the Americas WorldGBC Regional Workshop “Building Energy Efficiency and Net Zero Roadmaps for Cities” which will be held on 17 May 2019 at the Congress Center and Convention Wyndham Herradura, San José, hosted by GBC Costa Rica.

The workshop aims to create a space for dialogue and multisectoral work where municipal authorities from different countries of the region, private sector representatives, international organizations and global experts on energy efficiency in buildings will identify actions, replicable models and strategies of implementation for structuring public policies on energy efficiency in buildings at a city scale.

Participants from more than twelve different cities and states across the region, including, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico, will join 10 Green Building Councils participating from Brazil, Chile, Peru, Panama, Argentina, Canada, and others. The workshop will also include active participation of C40 Cities, the World Resources Institute, and WRI Mexico, among other private sector representatives such as Johnson Controls International, amongst others key industry leaders.

The workshop will be divided into three modules followed by interactive sessions leading to actions that cities can take with them to implement transformation locally with the support of programs such as BEA.

These modules will cover the following topics:

  • Voluntary energy efficiency programs: Local government leadership and active private sector participation in demonstration projects and energy efficiency strategies in real estate portfolios
  • Mandatory policies and codes for sustainable construction: Success stories from BEA cities in Mexico and Colombia
  • Strategies and roadmaps for net zero carbon buildings: The road to net zero carbon buildings through public policies, multisectoral commitments and Climate Action Plans for cities.

Specifically, this workshop will allow participants to:

  1. Meet regional peers, experts, and external partners to discuss solutions to accelerate initiatives and goals for energy efficiency in buildings in Latin America
  2. Engage with Latin American cities on the challenges and opportunities of different approaches and best practices to develop energy efficiency policies and projects
  3. Learn about opportunities to participate with the BEA, with success stories from Mexico City and Bogota
  4. Identify future opportunities to support the energy performance of buildings through strategic alliances with Green Building Councils (GBC) in each country, the Americas Regional Network of WorldGBC, C40 Cities and the World Resources Institute, among other BEA partners 

Alongside this event, the Americas Regional Network will have a network meeting on 15 May to continue planning the next steps and priorities for this regional project.

The workshop takes place alongside GBC Costa Rica's annual conference Congreso Internacional de Ciudades Sostenibles (CICS 2019)