We’ve got a timely episode for you this week! Just days after the calling of the US Presidential Election and the Biden transition team’s announcement that one of Biden’s first actions as President will be to rejoin the Paris Agreement, we are happy to share Passive House Podcast co-host’s Zack Semke interview with Dr. Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Vice Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In their conversation, the two dive into the findings of Ürge-Vorsatz’s recent paper, “Advances Toward a Net-Zero Global Building Sector”, including implications for new construction and deep energy retrofits as parts of the transition to zero emissions in buildings.
You may remember Dr. Ürge-Vorsatz from her inspiring keynote at the 2019 International Passive House Conference in China. In addition to her role at IPCC, Dr. Ürge-Vorsatz is Professor at Central European University and Director of its Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy. She is one of the globe’s leading figures in examining best practices in low energy building, Passive House buildings, zero carbon buildings and the opportunities for leveraging those best practices to mitigate climate change and limit warming to well below 2°C.