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Technologies for climate change mitigation: building sector

This guidebook is designed to assist countries participating in the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) programme to carry out evaluations in the building sector. Based on the TNA, countries’ can develop a Technology Action Plan (TAP) to identify barriers to the acquisition, deployment and diffusion of priority technologies. The report studies these technologies and practices with various considerations, including: setting-up supporting policies; capacity building; ease of creating market demand; and the possibility for South-South transfer. The report argues that ‘green building’ approaches can help reduce negative effects of climate change and create jobs, thus, increasing the potential for the development of a green economy. Taking such a systematic approach will also put the building sector in a better position to achieve its full mitigation potential and improve the built living environment, especially in developing countries.