WorldGBC to host sessions on net zero buildings, retrofit & healthy homes at Ecobuild 2017

Monday 27th February 2017


The World Green Building Council will be hosting a series of panel sessions at Ecobuild, the UK conference and exhibition for construction, design and energy in the built environment, which takes place in London next week.

The seminars will focus on WorldGBC’s groundbreaking Advancing Net Zero project; the challenge of renovating existing buildings across Europe; and the global drive to create greener, healthier homes.  

All three sessions will take place at the City Hall, one of the four destinations to feature on Ecobuild’s “Regeneration Drive”, and which will focus on issues around the circular economy, carbon and whole-life costings.

The sessions are sponsored by Saint-Gobain, a member of WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board, and are located at C144, adjacent to the stand of the UK Green Building Council, the Lead Partner for Ecobuild.

Please see below for a detailed synopsis of each session. To register for Ecobuild, click here


Advancing Net Zero

Date: Tuesday, 7 March - 13:30-14:45 

Location: City Hall, C144

Synopsis: In 2016, WorldGBC launched its Advancing Net Zero project, with 11 Green Building Councils committing to introduce net zero building certifications to kick-start a market transformation towards net zero emissions buildings. The project was part of a global commitment made at COP21 in Paris to reduce 84 gigatonnes of CO2 from buildings, which is required to keep us on track to limiting global warming to 2 degrees. This session will discuss the role of corporate sector, the public sector, and the Green Building Council community to transition our built environment to carbon neutrality.


  • Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council (Chair)
  • Sophie Walker, UK Head of Sustainability, JLL
  • Tanya Cox, Chair, Green Building Council Australia
  • Anita Mitchell, Head of Sustainability – Europe, Lend Lease


Retrofit and regeneration: Transformation across the EU through BUILD UPON

Date: Wednesday, 8 March - 15:00-16:15 

Location: City Hall, C144

Synopsis: In 2015, WorldGBC launched BUILD UPON, a project bringing together 13 Green Building Councils and their national governments in Europe to create a “renovation revolution” in existing buildings. The aim of the project is to increase the rate of building renovation in each country and to develop comprehensive renovation strategies to regenerate Europe’s building stock. This session will outline some of the lessons learned from the project and explore the key actions needed from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to ramp up renovation across Europe.


  • Audrey Nugent, Senior Policy Advisor, World Green Building Council (Chair)
  • Bruno Sauer, CEO, GBC Espana
  • Marco Marijewycz, Team Leader – Technology Policy & Systems Analysis, E.ON
  • Barbara Kreissler, Director, B2G Professional Lighting Global Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting
  • Dr Steve Fawkes, ICP Europe Advisor, Investor Confidence Project, Europe


Healthy homes

Date: Thursday 9 March, 12:00-13:15

Location: City Hall, C144

Synopsis: The UK Green Building Council released its report on healthy homes in the summer of 2016. The report, which is part of WorldGBC’s Better Places for People project, laid out the case for the consideration of health and wellbeing of homeowners and renters in green buildings. In this session, attendees will hear about the global work being done, the UK-GBC’s strategies for implementation of healthy, green homes, and about how homeowners and renters can prioritise health and wellbeing when looking for new homes.


  • Colin Powell, Project Manager, Better Places for People, World Green Building Council (Chair)
  • Jo Wheeler, Senior Sustainability Advisor, UK-GBC
  • Philip Wright, Associate, Arup
  • Stacey Temprell, Residential Sector Director, Saint-Gobain