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Championing our cause – The winners of WorldGBC’s Global Awards 2017

Thu, 5th Oct 2017

WorldGBC Chairman Tai Lee Siang writes about why he chose the winners of this year's Chairman's Award and the David Gottfried Global Green Building Entrepreneurship Award.

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Comfortably compatible: Building features that reduce carbon & promote wellbeing

Wed, 4th Oct 2017

In the fourth article in our series of blogs on the potential tensions between reducing carbon and promoting wellbeing, WorldGBC looks at building features where compatibilities exist. 

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Romilly Madew, William McDonough & Michael Braungart honoured in prestigious WorldGBC Awards

Wed, 4th Oct 2017

The World Green Building Council’s Chairman Tai Lee Siang announced the winners of the prestigious WorldGBC Global Awards at a special ceremony in Jaipur, India, today.

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World Green Building Week 2017… that’s a wrap!

Mon, 2nd Oct 2017

Over the past seven days, thousands of climate action advocates joined together to celebrate the power of green buildings during World Green Building Week 2017.

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Green building – it’s child’s play

Fri, 29th Sep 2017

What happened when two WorldGBC staff members visited a classroom of school children during World Green Building Week to introduce green buildings? Dominika Czerwinska explains.

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European Bank for Reconstruction and Development releases new publication on investing in green buildings

Fri, 29th Sep 2017

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has today released a set of new publications on its Green Economy Transition investments in buildings for World Green Building Week.

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How EBRD is sparking a green economic transition

Fri, 29th Sep 2017

In this blog for World Green Building Week, James Drinkwater of WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network explains why leaders like the EBRD are open for business on investing in green buildings. 

 

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Introducing Level(s): A common language to understand sustainability in European buildings

Thu, 28th Sep 2017

Audrey Nugent, Senior Policy Advisor of the Europe Regional Network, blogs on how the European Commission's new tool Level(s) could transform the European building market.

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European Commission releases first EU-wide tool for sustainable building performance reporting during World Green Building Week

Thu, 28th Sep 2017

The European Commission has today launched the pilot phase of ‘Level(s)’, a new EU framework for sustainable buildings, which will help transform the building sector.

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Living the dream: My experience building & occupying my own green certified home

Thu, 28th Sep 2017

In this blog for World Green Building Week 2017, New Zealand Green Building Council's Lee Ann Durbin shares her experiences of building and living in a green home. 

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Shaw Industries marks significant sustainability milestones during World Green Building Week

Thu, 28th Sep 2017

Shaw Industries, the floorcovering provider and a member of WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board, has announced progress on its 2030 sustainability goals during World Green Building Week.

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New report guides London on path to achieve net zero carbon buildings

Wed, 27th Sep 2017

London has the ability to lead the world on net zero carbon buildings if it follows key recommendations set out in a new report by the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI).

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GBC Brasil launches net zero building certification through WorldGBC project

Mon, 14th Aug 2017

GBC Brasil has launched a new net zero building certification scheme, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from new and existing buildings to meet the Paris Agreement and supports WorldGBC’s goal to ensure all buildings are net zero carbon by 2050.

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New Zealand Green Building Council raises performance of new homes, with support from Prime Minister

Wed, 9th Aug 2017

Following extensive industry consultation, NZGBC has launched a re-engineered version of its Homestar rating tool for new residential homes and buildings.

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Join us for Members' Day & more in Jaipur, India, this October

Mon, 7th Aug 2017

WorldGBC is heading to Jaipur, India, this October for Members' Day, India Green Building Council's Congress and much more - and we invite Green Building Councils and Partners to join us! 

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Overwhelming response to call for case studies for new WorldGBC report on green & healthy buildings

Wed, 2nd Aug 2017

WorldGBC received over 60 submissions from 10 countries of buildings hoping to be showcased in an upcoming report showing the positive effects of green and healthy buildings on occupants' experience.

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JPMorgan Chase commits to 100% renewables & greater building energy efficiency

Fri, 28th Jul 2017

JPMorgan Chase has made an ambitious commitment to source 100 per cent of its global energy needs from renewables and to reduce energy consumption in its buildings around the world.

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EmiratesGBC launches interactive website to promote green homes, offices & schools

Thu, 20th Jul 2017

EmiratesGBC has launched a brand-new interactive website called Green Building Tooltips to encourage green building best practices in homes, offices and schools

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Homebuyers could borrow more with better forecasting of energy bills, says new research project involving UK-GBC

Tue, 18th Jul 2017

More accurate assessments of home energy bills by mortgage lenders could vary loans by up to £11,500 between the most energy efficient properties and the most energy hungry homes, according to a new research. 

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JLL UK accomplishes 78 per cent of sustainability targets

Mon, 17th Jul 2017

JLL achieves 14 of its 18 corporate sustainability targets set in 2016, including cutting absolute energy across all corporate offices by 26 per cent since 2012.

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WorldGBC Chairman featured on UTC’s “Race to 9 Billion” podcast

Thu, 13th Jul 2017

Tai Lee Siang, the Chairman of WorldGBC’s Board of Directors, is the latest international expert to be featured on United Technologies’ Race to 9 Billion podcast series.

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AkzoNobel raises profile of green building in Asia Pacific by partnering on WorldGBC Regional Network

Fri, 7th Jul 2017

AkzoNobel has become a Partner of the World Green Building Council’s Asia Pacific Regional Network, elevating the critical role that green buildings can play within the region.

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WorldGBC expands research & regional capacity with appointment of new staff

Thu, 6th Jul 2017

WorldGBC is delighted to welcome three new members of staff who will expand the organisation’s research and regional network capacity.

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WorldGBC announces new green building leaders to join its Board

Mon, 3rd Jul 2017

WorldGBC announces that three new global green building leaders will join its Board of Directors, with five existing members re-appointed, including a new Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.

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Is your home or office impacting your mental wellbeing? Let’s talk

Fri, 7th Apr 2017

Today is World Health Day and the theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Depression: Let’s talk’. You might be thinking “what does this have to do with buildings?”...

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Green building: Improving the lives of billions by helping to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Thu, 23rd Mar 2017

How can green building help to deliver the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)? Dominika Czerwinska, WorldGBC's Director of Membership and Regional Networks, explains...

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Why collaboration and compassion can build a better future

Wed, 8th Mar 2017

The Women's Marches held across seven continents in January highlighted the powerful link between gender and environmental justice.

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Rising to the challenge: Our journey to green buildings in the MENA region

Thu, 16th Feb 2017

Anyone who has been to the MENA region will be aware of the unique conditions in this part of the world. Temperatures can reach highs of 50 °C (122 °F) in cities such as Dubai...

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The new window to the world on green building

Tue, 24th Jan 2017

This week, the World Green Building Council took a giant step forward in its mission to advance green building for everyone, everywhere... with the launch of our new website.

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Green buildings take centre stage at the ‘Action’ COP22 in Marrakech

Fri, 11th Nov 2016

Yesterday, on November 10, the second Buildings Day at a UNFCCC COP (Conference of Parties) took place in Marrakech. As with the first Buildings Day at COP21 in Paris, last year, the day was a triumph for the green building movement...

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Better thinking, better health in green-certified buildings

Mon, 31st Oct 2016

By 2050 nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. This means more buildings will be needed, and buildings already consume 40% of global energy. Clearly, the future of buildings and the future of sustainability go hand in hand.

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The New Urban Agenda and the green building movement

Wed, 26th Oct 2016

As I made my journey home from Habitat 3, leaving behind the beautiful city of Quito in Ecuador, I reflected on what exactly the New Urban Agenda means to our Green Building Council movement

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When is a building 'circular'?

Thu, 6th Oct 2016

If you thought this was a good example of a 'circular' building, you've got a lot of catching up to do, and now is the perfect time to start…

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Green Building Councils provide leadership on zero carbon buildings

Fri, 30th Sep 2016

Last December in Paris at COP21, nearly 200 countries came together to forge an unprecedented agreement: to “limit global average temperatures to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels...

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Walking the talk – the new UK-GBC & WorldGBC office, London

Thu, 29th Sep 2016

In January this year, we announced details of our project to refurbish our London headquarters, which is also home to some of our friends and colleagues from World Green Building Council.

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Philips' report advocates Better Places for People

Tue, 27th Sep 2016

Philips, a founding member of the WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board, has announced ambitious new targets for international lighting standards that will inherently lead to greener and healthier offices.

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