CNCA Funding to Decarbonize the Built Environment (V3)

Overview

Designed to accelerate the deep decarbonization of buildings, CNCA awards grants for city projects that focus on the following core strategies:

  • Decarbonization of thermal (heating and cooling) systems;
  • Zero net emission buildings (new and existing);
  • Green infrastructure (including carbon sinks);
  • Decarbonizing construction and building materials

 

Descriptions of funded projects for the built environment are below. To find out more about funded projects across all of CNCA’s strategic program areas, please visit our Driving Innovation page.

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Growing Secondary Markets to Inform Construction Materials Policy

City: San Francisco
Year to Be Completed: In Progress

Objective: To develop infrastructure to feed data-driven deconstruction and material reuse policies that will result in long-term solutions for the commercial construction sector.

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Dramatically Reducing Embodied Carbon in Europe’s Built Environment

Cities: Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Glasgow, Helsinki, Lille, Lund, Nantes, Oslo, Stockholm, Tampere, Turku, Valladolid

Years Completed: 2021-2024

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Climate Effect of Reusing Building Materials

City: Stockholm
Year Completed: 2023

 

CNCA provides a grant to Stockholm to research climate effects from the reuse of building products, interiors, and furniture, as well as for identifying which products could be suitable for reuse based on their climate effect and current common flows in Sweden.

Report available in Swedish (with executive summary in English).

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Procedures to Facilitate Re-Use Inventory

City: Lund
Year Completed: 2023

 

CNCA provides a grant to Lund to establish clear procedures for the city administration to facilitate re-use inventory in connection with maintenance, renovation, and demolition.

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Reducing Embodied Carbon of New Buildings in Glasgow

City: Glasgow
Year Completed: 2023

CNCA provides a grant to Glasgow to provide the information and support necessary for the city to consider the introduction of an embodied carbon measurement and reduction policy in the future for buildings in the city.

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PRO Rio Energy Building Energy Consumption Tool

City: Rio de Janeiro
Year Completed: 2021

An online platform to calculate energy consumption in buildings and visualize/compare performance against typological and market standards. Based on information provided by users, the platform offers strategies to improve performance.

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Technical Assistance for the Zero Emissions Building Sector

City: San Francisco
Year Completed: 2020

San Francisco is charting a path to zero-emissions buildings in the next decade, with an approach that centers around and empowers people. $40,000 in funding was provided as a pilot to the city’s taskforce to help design its first roadmap to achieve this ambitious goal.

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Energy Performance Standards for Existing Buildings

City: Seattle
Year Completed: 2019

This tool, along with the accompanying report, provides guidance on calculating and implementing energy performance standards for greenhouse gas reduction in existing buildings.

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Building Electrification Primer for Cities and Utilities

City: New York City
Year Completed: 2019

This project developed a primer tool to support the market transformation of building electrification initiatives across North America and Europe that advance decarbonization goals.

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Vancouver Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx)

City: Vancouver
Year Completed: 2019

This project co-funded the development of three case studies documenting GHG reduction successes and the lessons learned in improving the cost-effectiveness of implementing these projects.

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New Financial and Delivery Models for Retrofitting Buildings

City: London
Year Completed: 2016

 This project provides a detailed assessment of the extent to which the energiesprong retrofitting model is transferable to London, through the development of a robust business case and barriers report. The report assesses the level of ‘transferability’ of each of the key energiesprong pillars and, on the basis of this, identifies the practical steps needed to deliver the model in London.

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Accelerating the Transition to 4th Generation District Heating Systems

City: London
Year Completed: 2016

This project examined two fundamental aspects of the transition to 4th Generation District Heating Networks designed to enable a more cost effective transition away from fossil fuels to a future heat supply that is from local renewable, environmental and waste heat sources.

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Accelerating Net-Zero High-Rise Residential Buildings

City: Sydney
Year Completed: 2016

A report to examine the technical and economic feasibility of moving towards net-zero high-rise residential buildings in Australia and identifies pathways to accelerate their commercialization. It is designed to inspire Federal and State Government policy makers and the development industry to move rapidly toward buildings that go well beyond current requirements of BASIX (NSW) and the National Construction Code. Accompanying documents include an article describing the importance of the work, and a presentation providing an overview of the work.

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Carbon Neutral Buildings – Accelerating Market Transformation to High Performing Building Envelopes in North American Cities

City: Vancouver
Year Completed: 2016

A project that leveraged demonstrated European success in significantly reducing energy use through improved building envelope performance and collaboration between cities in order to accelerate the market transformation towards carbon neutral buildings in North America.

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