The BuilT Environment

Buildings generate nearly 40 percent of annual global emissions, given their heavy reliance on fossil fuels for heat and electricity. Shifting to technologies powered by clean energy – a process known as electrification – is central to meeting climate goals, but progress has been slow, complex, and costly. 

Government has a critical role to play in this transition, through education and outreach to communities, and by creating financial incentives to help make building retrofit projects affordable. In the United States, the federal Inflation Reduction Act has created a wealth of incentives to speed along the process, and many states are exploring a range of policies to reduce costs further, enhance equity, and catalyze retrofits on a broad scale. In Canada and Europe, governmental and non-governmental organizations are employing creative strategies to overcome common barriers to decarbonizing commercial and residential buildings, including high upfront costs and long payback periods. 

Through the power of dialogue, the Transatlantic Climate Alliance is advancing these critical efforts to decarbonize buildings. We convene building owners, political leaders, building decarbonization experts, and members of civil society to share best practices, innovative policies, and technical expertise to forge a path to a sustainable future.