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Cross-pollinating experiences and expertise across the global sector + academia, the Climate Library brings together the know-hows of practice + the advancements in research, to keep you informed on the latest climate change-focused benchmarks, standards, guidelines + initiatives of the built environment sector.

A select sample of resources have been reviewed, and gathered in a curated library here, for all the topics covered within the Climate Framework's detailed structure. These resources link to existing content developed by expert individuals, and organisations across the international building and construction industry, as well as academics, governmental, and non-governmental bodies.
Human Factors
Human Factors covers subjects in relation to people, and the impact the built environment has and can have on people’s wellbeing, behaviour and lifestyle. It also touches upon the topics of social value, community building and just transition – all presented with relevant tools and guides.
Circular Economy
Circular Economy focuses on resources, their use, management, maintenance, and procurement to encourage circularity at all aspects of a built environment’s life, and to promote ‘endless’ recycling and reuse – all presented with relevant tools, guides and databases.
Energy + Carbon
Energy + Carbon brings net zero energy and carbon, among other related subjects to the forefront by providing a clear understanding of what decarbonisation means, and by offering guidance on how to minimise energy use and carbon emissions - all presented with relevant tools and guides.
Water focuses on water use, harvesting and recycling, as well as climate change’s impact on natural water bodies and water availability. It also provides an overview of the different sources of water pollution on land and in aquatic habitats – all presented with relevant tools, guides and calculators.
Ecology + Biodiversity
Ecology + Biodiversity emphasizes the importance of safeguarding nature and finding a balance between people, built, and the natural environment, by focusing on efficient land use, Nature-based Solutions, and sustainable food production, among others – all presented with relevant guides.
Connectivity + Transport
Connectivity + Transport addresses the urban-scale of the built environment, and focuses on how people, places, cities, and regions connect to one another, by promoting active travel, and other/future sustainable means of transportation - all presented with relevant tools, guides and calculators.
Global Context + Fundamentals
Global Context + Fundamentals maps out the essential background around climate science, systems’ thinking, as well as global research, policies, commitments, initiatives and projects that relate to climate change.
Built Environment Context
Built Environment Context covers key principles of the built environment’s impacts on nature and health; ethics and value of sustainability in the construction and real estate sector, and provides an overview of the various, key policies, legislations, benchmarks and construction) industry guidance that relate to sustainability and climate change.
Common Threads
Common Threads addresses crucial topics of retrofit, climate justice, designing for performance, disaster risk resilience, procurement, as well as research and innovation, among others - all covered and referenced throughout the entire Framework – from different perspectives, and with a focused emphasis, in relation to the main (bubble) theme they are referenced under.

How the library is organised

All the resources included on this website have been organised according to their length, level of detail/difficulty of their content, and additional categories, as per the following:

Time to read

Short (≤1 hour)
Medium (1-5 hours)
Long (≥5 hours)

Level of detail/difficulty

Basic (Tier 1)
Intermediate (Tier 2)
Advanced (Tier 3)

Additional categories

Project Stage
Media Type
Quality (Number of Peer-reviews)
Relevance to UN Sustainable Development Goals

Use: The shared, online resources are free for use (unless otherwise noted), and are intended for educational purposes only. It cannot be guaranteed that the third-party content provided here is suitable for your purposes, or accurate, complete and/or up-to-date. Hence, the Climate Framework and The Cross-Industry Action Group cannot be held liable for any issues arising in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise, and will not be liable to you for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage, arising in connection with your use of, or reliance on, the select resources included on this website.

The resource listed in the Library are made available online by their authors or copyright holders. The Climate Framework or The Cross-Industry Action Group does not have or claim to have any copyright over them. If you are the author or copyright owner of a resource listed in the Climate Library and would prefer it not to be listed, please get in touch.

How the content is curated

We recognise that not everyone has the same level of knowledge, skills and experience.
The Climate Framework, therefore, adopts a three-tier structure for everyone to find their unique Climate Journey.

Tier 1 - Climate Aware

raises awareness, and develops basic knowledge and understanding

Tier 2 - Climate Adopter

gains industry-specific knowledge and skills, together with the ability to apply this in practice/academic work

Tier 3 - Climate Expert

develops a well-rounded knowledge base + builds expertise, together with the ability to analyse, evaluate and use the further knowledge gained in a creative manner

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