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Bogotá and Sonora events kick-off the Americas Cities Climate Action project

Thu, 13th Dec 2018

This week, a series of events in Bogotá, Colombia and Sonora, Mexico signalled the kick-off the WorldGBC's Cities Climate Action project in the Americas supported by the Building Efficiency Accelerator.

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New guide outlines actions to make homes healthier for people and planet

Wed, 12th Dec 2018

Produced as part of WorldGBC's Better Places for People project, the Healthier Homes, Healthier Planet guide takes a combination of the latest research into air quality, thermal and acoustic comfort and lighting then translates it into simple, low-cost and practical strategies to make the home environment healthier for both people and planet.

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Healthier Homes, Healthier Planet

Wed, 12th Dec 2018

Produced as part of WorldGBC's Better Places for People project, the Healthier Homes, Healthier Planet guide takes a combination of the latest research into air quality, thermal and acoustic comfort and lighting then translates it into simple, low-cost and practical strategies to make the home environment healthier for both people and planet.

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Green Building Councils urge European Commission to recognise unparalleled potential of the built environment sector in delivering a climate neutral Europe

Wed, 12th Dec 2018

Today, as European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete outlines the European Commission’s vision for a climate neutral Europe at COP24, over 20 countries from WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network have signed an open letter urging the European Commission to recognise the vital role of the built environment sector in delivering this vision.

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World Green Building Council Annual Report 2017/18

Mon, 10th Dec 2018

The World Green Building Council's Annual Report for 2017/18 outlines the major achievements of the organisation and its global network of Green Building Councils.

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World Green Building Council launches annual report for 2017/18: Building a better future

Mon, 10th Dec 2018

The World Green Building Council's Annual Report for 2017/18 outlines the major achievements of the organisation and its global network of Green Building Councils.

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2018 Global Status Report - Towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector

Fri, 7th Dec 2018

The report presents a global snapshot on the status of the building and construction sector, released annually to track the progress of this sector which is critical to the success of the Paris Agreement and limiting global warming to well below 2°C.

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GlobalABC 2018 Global Status Report launched at COP24

Fri, 7th Dec 2018

Dramatic action will be needed by governments, cities and business if the global buildings and construction sector is to cut its carbon footprint in line with international agreements, according to 2018 Global Status Report, published today by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction.

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COP24: Time to address the building and construction sector’s total emissions impact

Thu, 6th Dec 2018

As nations all over the globe tackle operational emissions from buildings, we must challenge ourselves to address our sector’s total emissions impact if we are to deliver a truly net zero carbon building stock. COP24 must mark the beginning of a major global campaign to take on this challenge - one on which Europe must lead the world.

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World Green Building Council and Chatham House form partnership to generate sustainable recovery and reconstruction in the Middle East and North Africa

Wed, 5th Dec 2018

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) MENA Regional Network and Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to commence efforts to encourage reconstruction efforts that foster environmental and social sustainability in war-torn countries across the Middle East & North Africa.

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COP24: WorldGBC to attend to represent the green building movement

Mon, 26th Nov 2018

WorldGBC will be representing our global network of Green Building Councils at the COP24 climate talks in December 2018 and advocating for a sustainable built environment in order to meet climate goals - see the list of events where we, our member GBCs and partners will be speaking.

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Advancing Net Zero in High-rise, High-density Asian Cities: Possibility or a Pipe Dream?

Thu, 15th Nov 2018

In many Asian cities, carbon footprint and energy consumption are significant: Asian cities are bursting at the seams, and as people move into cities for work, air conditioning is required for comfort and productivity. How does one achieve net zero carbon in such a challenging context of hot, humid and high-density? WorldGBC offers some solutions.

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COP24: WorldGBC to attend to represent the green building movement

Mon, 26th Nov 2018

WorldGBC will be representing our global network of Green Building Councils at the COP24 climate talks in December 2018 and advocating for a sustainable built environment in order to meet climate goals - see the list of events where we, our member GBCs and partners will be speaking.

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Pakistan Green Building Council progresses to Established Member of WorldGBC

Wed, 14th Nov 2018

The World Green Building Council is delighted to announce that Pakistan Green Building Council has progressed to Established GBC status within the WorldGBC membership tier. 

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Godrej & Boyce joins WorldGBC’s Asia Pacific Regional Network to advance dialogue on net zero carbon building in Asia Pacific

Fri, 2nd Nov 2018

Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company joins WorldGBC's Asia Pacific Regional Network as the first Corporate Activity Partner to participate in the following WorldGBC activity: The Asia Pacific Dialogue on Advancing Net Zero.

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Green Building Council Iceland joins World Green Building Council network

Thu, 1st Nov 2018

This week, Green Building Council Iceland became the newest member of the World Green Building Council, joining at the Prospective level of membership.

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El Salvador Green Building Council and Paraguay Green Building Council progress to Emerging Members of WorldGBC

Thu, 25th Oct 2018

WorldGBC is pleased to announce that El Salvador Green Building Council and Paraguay Green Building Council have progressed from Prospective to Emerging GBC status within the WorldGBC membership tier.

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Sydney Opera House and Natural Resources Defense Council Sign up to World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Wed, 24th Oct 2018

Non-profit organisations Sydney Opera House and the Natural Resources Defense Council sign WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment in pledge to ensure all the buildings they own, operate and develop are net zero carbon by 2030. 

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Americas Region gets a boost with P4G Award for Cities Climate Action Project supported by the Building Efficiency Accelerator

Sat, 20th Oct 2018

Buildings in Colombia and Mexico may get a green makeover thanks to expanded support for energy efficiency programmes after winning a $600,000 award that transitions buildings at scale, to save energy and prepare cities for a net zero future.

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New Net Zero Leadership from the United Kingdom

Thu, 18th Oct 2018

Since the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment was launched less than six weeks ago with 38 founding signatories, it has inspired a wave of action from business, governments and NGOs that are supporting the urgent action needed to achieve mass market transformation.

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WorldGBC appoints Interim CEO

Thu, 11th Oct 2018

WorldGBC is delighted to announce the appointment of an Interim CEO, Cristina Gamboa; who will take over from Terri Wills, the current CEO in November 2018 whilst she goes on maternity leave for a year.

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World Green Building Week 2018 - celebrating the biggest week in green building to date!

Mon, 1st Oct 2018

Over the past seven days, thousands of climate action advocates joined together to celebrate the power of green buildings during World Green Building Week 2018.

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Welcome to World Green Building Week 2018!

Mon, 24th Sep 2018

It’s here! The 9th annual World Green Building Week starts today! Find out how you too can join the thousands of climate action advocates and our network of Green Building Councils and Partners promoting action on this year’s theme of green homes. 

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Sustainable Communities: Leading the way to Net Zero Living - Register for the Webinars!

Fri, 21st Sep 2018

This World Green Building Week, join WorldGBC and exclusive guests for two webinars on Sustainable Communities: Leading the way to Net Zero Living, as part of WorldGBC's #HomeGreenHome and #AdvancingNetZero campaigns.

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World Green Building Council and China Green Building Council announce partnership to accelerate commitment to reduce carbon in the world's largest building market

Mon, 2nd Apr 2018

This partnership is hugely significant as China is the largest building construction market in the world, with up to 2 billion square meters constructed annually, accounting for nearly half of new construction globally in the coming decade.  

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New report shows green improvements in school buildings have positive impacts on student performance

Wed, 29th Nov 2017

Achieving optimal levels in school buildings for air quality, lighting, temperature and acoustics through green improvements, can help students achieve their full potential, a new report from WorldGBC presents.

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Energy Efficient Mortgages could play central role in Europe’s new sustainable finance strategy

Thu, 26th Oct 2017

Energy efficient mortgages could play a central role in Europe’s new strategy for sustainable finance, states a White Paper published today under the EU funded ‘Energy Efficient Mortgages Action Plan’ (EeMAP) Initiative.

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Every building on the planet must be ‘net zero carbon’ by 2050 to keep global warming below 2°C - New report

Wed, 31st May 2017

The building sector must operate at “net zero carbon” by 2050 if global warming is to remain under two degrees Celsius, the limit enshrined in the Paris Agreement, according to a new WorldGBC report.  

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Europe must curb emissions from buildings, urges coalition of 300 businesses - as Green Building Councils help governments to develop ambitious action plans for renovation

Wed, 26th Apr 2017

Europe must lead the world on cutting greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings if we are to meet the Paris Agreement, a coalition of 300 businesses and organisations urged today.

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Major businesses back global project to ensure all buildings are net zero emissions by 2050

Thu, 2nd Feb 2017

Three major global businesses have backed WorldGBC’s ambitious long-term target to ensure that all buildings are net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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Home Green Home – The pathway to transform Brazil’s residential sector

Thu, 27th Sep 2018

With green building increasingly recognised as the best business option in the Brazilian real estate market, GBC Brasil CEO Felipe Faria explains how this market trend led to the creation of GBC CASA & CONDOMÍNIO, a certification rating tool for the residential sector.

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The Global Push for Net Zero Buildings and Homes

Thu, 27th Sep 2018

Reducing the energy consumption of our buildings isn’t just a policy issue for governments – it’s a change we’re all empowered to make. Our homes are where we sleep, eat and build our lives, so it makes sense that they’re also the first place most of us can have our biggest impact, says WorldGBC's Angela Howarth.

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Why Green Building Councils are Essential Partners in the Fight to Decarbonise our Cities

Wed, 26th Sep 2018

As four cities in South Africa sign WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, GBCSA's Manfred Braune explains how Green Building Councils will play an integral role in ensuring cities deliver on their pledges to net zero carbon buildings.

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How Costa Rica is Transforming its Homes into Green Buildings

Wed, 26th Sep 2018

With an ever growing demand for residential buildings in Costa Rica, Arch. Esteban Cervantes outlines the measures that Green Building Council Costa Rica is taking to successfully transform the country's homes into green - and affordable - buildings.

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How Guatemala is turning a catastrophe into an opportunity for green building

Wed, 26th Sep 2018

After a recent volcano eruption destroyed alomost 200 homes across the centre-south of Guatemala leaving 180 families homeless, Guatemala GBC seized the opportunity to build new sustainable and climate-resilient housing, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

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Why it's Time to Build Better Homes in New Zealand

Mon, 17th Sep 2018

In the second blog in WorldGBC's #HomeGreenHome series for World Green Building Week 2018, NZGBC's Niall Bennett explains the country's sub-standard building code means too many New Zealanders live in cold, damp, unhealthy places and how NZGBC is taking action to improve the country's housing stock.

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Why Green Homes are Critical for Socioeconomic Development in Perú

Mon, 17th Sep 2018

Although Perú may be one of Latin America's most thriving economies, an alarming 70% of the country's construction remains informal - most of it informal housing projects. In the third blog in the #HomeGreenHome series for World Green Building Week 2018, Francesca Mayer Martinelli explains how Perú GBC is working to overcome this challenge.

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How up-cycling local materials is improving thermal comfort in homes across Jordan

Mon, 10th Sep 2018

In the first post for our #HomeGreenHome blog series for the upcoming World Green Building Week, Jordan GBC explains how up-cycling locally abundant materials is helping to improve thermal comfort in Jordanian homes - and kickstarting creativity and innovation for new green products to follow.

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Channelling Gender Parity in the Building & Construction Industry

Fri, 24th Aug 2018

In our latest blog in the series for Women's eNews, WorldGBC Chair Lisa Bate explains why gender diversity must be a priority for the building and construction industry in the face of climate change, and why, as the first female Chair of WorldGBC, she is committed to fostering the next generation of women leaders in green building.

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How green building can curb youth unemployment and boost green economic growth in Africa

Tue, 21st Aug 2018

As Africa grapples with its burgeoning youth population and the need for sustained, inclusive and decent employment, Jane Afrane explains how green building is a conduit for job creation.

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Workplace transformation: How Polish GBC is inspiring a nation of green & healthy offices

Thu, 9th Aug 2018

Polish GBC’s latest research proves the indisputable link between buildings and their users’ health, productivity and wellbeing, helping strengthen the business case for green and healthy offices - and Poland is now listening, blogs Alicja Kuczera.

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Amid Climate Uncertainty, Zero-Carbon Buildings Offer a Guiding North Star

Fri, 3rd Aug 2018

Decarbonizing the building sector, one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gases provides the best means in which to realize gains for both occupant and global health, explains WRI's Emma Stewart.

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Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe - A Review of Building Performance Indicators that Impact Mortgage Credit Risk

Thu, 26th Oct 2017

This report by the WorldGBC’s European Regional Network (under the Energy Efficient Mortgages Action Plan Initiative) explores how energy efficient mortgages could work in terms of building performance assessment.

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From Thousands to Billions - Coordinated Action towards 100% Net Zero Carbon Buildings By 2050

Wed, 31st May 2017

Through its report From Thousands to Billions, WorldGBC calls for a dramatic and ambitious transformation towards a completely zero carbon built environment by 2050. 

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BUILD UPON - Recommendations for National Renovation Strategies

Wed, 26th Apr 2017

13 Green Building Councils in Europe have played a leading role in helping national governments to create ‘national renovation strategies’. Their recommendations are compiled in this publication.

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UK-GBC Wellbeing Lab: Offices - A Compendium of Experience

Wed, 19th Apr 2017

UK-GBC has launched a new publication detailing the experiences of participants in its “Wellbeing Labs” initiative, conducted through the WorldGBC’s Better Places for People project.

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WorldGBC Annual Report 2015/2016

Tue, 6th Dec 2016

The World Green Building Council's Annual Report for 2015/2016 outlines the major achievements of the organisation and its global network of Green Building Councils.

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Global Status Report 2016

Thu, 10th Nov 2016

The first Global Status Report tracks the progress made in the transition towards low-emission and resilient real estate made by the GABC and its members. 

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Building the Business Case: Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Green Offices

Tue, 25th Oct 2016

Employers, building owners, designers, developers, and investors throughout the world are learning that office design affects the health and wellbeing of occupants in many ways...

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WorldGBC Asia Pacific leadership in Green Building Awards 2016

Wed, 5th Oct 2016

The Asia Pacifc Leadership in Green Building Awards celebrate the iconic green buildings, up-and-coming innovators and inspiring companies driving change and creating a better future throughout the region.

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The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016

Wed, 14th Sep 2016

The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016 provides perspectives of U.S. building owners, architects, interior designers and contractors about building healthier buildings

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Health and Wellbeing in Homes

Tue, 5th Jul 2016

Health and Wellbeing in Homes is about beginning a concerted effort to shift the market towards a focus on the mental, social and physical health and wellbeing of the people who occupy the homes we build and retrofit.

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World Green Building Trends 2016

Tue, 16th Feb 2016

This report finds that the percentage of companies expecting to have more than 60 per cent of their building projects certified green is anticipated to more than double by 2018, from 18 per cent currently, to 37 per cent.

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Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Retail: The Impact of Green Buildings on People and Profit

Mon, 1st Feb 2016

Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Retail: The Impact of Green Buildings on People and Profit finds that retailers can improve the shopping experience for their customers and potentially increase their profits by providing greener, healthier stores.

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