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How sustainable buildings are #BuildingResilience and driving the Sustainable Development Goals

Tue, 21st Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

In this blog, CEO Cristina Gamboa looks at examples of WorldGBC projects that are driving the sustainable building transition and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Safety + Sustainability = 3 Cs

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

In their second blog, Signify looks at some of the ways LED can have a positive impact on the sustainability of our homes, workplaces and schools.

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World Green Building Week, championed by United Nations agencies and the UK High-Level Climate Champion for COP26, sparks 20 countries to advocate for #BuildingResilience

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

Nigel Topping, High-Level Climate Action Champion of UK for COP26 and Sanjaya Bhatia, Head of Office North-East Asia, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), unite with leaders from over 20 countries to back the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) annual World Green Building Week (WGBW) on 20-24 September 2021 to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals.

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We have one decade to act

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Provided by Multiplex, this blog addresses the key messages behind their pathway to net zero 'One Decade to Act'. 

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On the road to COP26, we need ambitious climate action and transparent reporting

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Provided by Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Chief Sustainability Officer at Majid Al Futtaim and Chair of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Corporate Advisory Board, this blog delves into the challenges in the MENA region.

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Decarbonisation: what are you waiting for?

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Written by Dave Hopping, CEO, Smart Infrastructure Solutions & Services, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, this blog takes a deep dive into the decarbonisation strategy.

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Europe needs to get tough and switch to LED to meet its emission reduction targets

Thu, 16th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Written by Neil Pattie, Head of External Communications, Signify calls for tough action from EU states to meet emission reduction targets by making the switch to smart LED lighting.

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WorldGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment expands to include embodied carbon

Wed, 15th Sep 2021

Ahead of COP26, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) updates its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment to include bold new requirements for addressing embodied emissions and publishes best practice for carbon offsetting for the built environment.

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Calling on Canada Green Building Council — our first Americas Building Perspective

Mon, 13th Sep 2021

In our first Americas region episode of Building Perspective, Thomas Mueller, CEO, Canada Green Building Council (Canada GBC), talks to us about the business of GBCs and the marriage of profit and purpose.

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#BuildingToCOP26 Coalition accelerates climate action ahead of Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day at COP26

Tue, 7th Sep 2021

Following the sobering message from the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, a coalition led by C40, the Global Alliance for Building and Construction (GlobalABC), The Resilience Shift, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) announce #BuildingToCOP26 — a partnership to promote radical collaboration for climate action ahead of the Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day at COP26. 

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Welcome to the network: Green Building Council Russia joins WorldGBC

Wed, 1st Sep 2021

Our global network continues to expand and we are thrilled to welcome back Green Building Council Russia (GBC Russia), which has rejoined the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) as a Prospective member.

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Can indoor finishings improve the air we breathe?

Thu, 19th Aug 2021

In our latest Better Places for People thought leadership series, Willem Burmanje, Director Strategic Communications at Forbo Flooring, discusses the impact which indoor finishings and flooring can have on the air quality within our schools, homes and work spaces.

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Private sector supporting a net zero built environment agenda in Asia Pacific

Mon, 10th May 2021

WorldGBC announces two new Asia Pacific Net Zero Collaborators, AEC Group (Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited) and Pan-United Corporation Ltd, joining Ronald Lu & Partners and CLP Power Hong Kong.

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Five new companies join WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Thu, 29th Apr 2021

WorldGBC welcomes five new additions to its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment: Deloitte, Hibernia REIT plc, Lloyds Banking Group, MACE, and Watkins Payne Partnership.

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WorldGBC welcomes Forbo to its Corporate Advisory Board

Tue, 13th Apr 2021

Forbo Flooring Systems joins the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Corporate Advisory Board.

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WorldGBC welcomes LafargeHolcim to its Corporate Advisory Board

Mon, 12th Apr 2021

LafargeHolcim joins the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Corporate Advisory Board for 2021.

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WorldGBC launches Building Perspective interview series

Fri, 9th Apr 2021

Watch the first episode of Building Perspective with Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive of UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).

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WorldGBC’s response on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive review

Tue, 23rd Mar 2021

WorldGBC has submitted a position paper on the review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

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Two WorldGBC CAB members join the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Tue, 9th Mar 2021

The leading initiative focused on climate action in the built environment, WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment challenges businesses and organisations across the world to decarbonise their building portfolios.

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WorldGBC welcomes Swire Properties to its Corporate Advisory Board

Fri, 5th Mar 2021

Swire Properties joins the World Green Building Council’s Corporate Advisory Board for 2021.

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WorldGBC’s recommendations on the Energy Efficiency Directive review

Tue, 23rd Feb 2021

WorldGBC has submitted a position paper on the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

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WorldGBC to help coordinate a Built Environment day at COP26

Fri, 25th Dec 2020

WorldGBC will be working with the COP26 High Level Climate Champions team to set the agenda for an official ‘Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day’ at COP26.

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Launch of the 2020 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction

Thu, 17th Dec 2020

GlobalABC's 5th Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction, celebrating 5 years since the Paris Agreement. 

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Kenya Green Building Society rejoins WorldGBC as Established GBC

Thu, 17th Dec 2020

The Kenya Green Building Society has rejoined the World Green Building Council as an Established Green Building Council, the top tier of membership.

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WorldGBC announces 18 new signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Fri, 11th Dec 2020

On the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitments spike to reach 128 total signatories, with businesses and organisations covering over 5 million (tCO2e) of portfolio emissions.

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WorldGBC launches #BuildingLife project to deliver EU Green Deal

Mon, 7th Dec 2020

European Green Building Councils will develop 10 national roadmaps and an EU policy roadmap to decarbonise the built environment across the whole lifecycle.

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WorldGBC spotlights female leader driving Asia Pacific’s sustainable building movement

Tue, 1st Dec 2020

The WorldGBC ‘Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards’, showcases the businesses and innovators breaking ground for sustainable buildings. One of this year’s categories, Women in Green Building Leadership Award, celebrates the inspiring female leaders from the movement. 

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11th Annual World Green Building Week Sparks Over 200 Events Across 40 Countries

Mon, 21st Sep 2020

11th Annual World Green Building Week (21–25 Sept.) Sparks Over 214 Events Across 40 Countries with 415 Hours of Content to Combat Climate Change.

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New strategy tackles the climate emergency in a post-COVID built environment

Tue, 1st Sep 2020

WorldGBC network launches Sustainable Buildings for Everyone, Everywhere — a new strategy to tackle the climate emergency, health and wellbeing, and resource efficiency issues in the built environment.

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100 businesses, organisations and governments from across the globe commit to net zero carbon buildings

Wed, 19th Aug 2020

World Green Building Council celebrates doubling the number of signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment from 50 to 100 in just over one year.

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Sustainable Building innovators commended through prestigious WorldGBC Chair’s Award

Mon, 29th Jun 2020

In recognition of their commitment and innovation towards a sustainable built environment, a pioneering embodied carbon calculator and a trailblazing climate leader receive a World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Chair’s Award.

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World Green Building Council launches #ActOnClimate as campaign focus for World Green Building Week 2020

Fri, 5th Jun 2020

Nearly 100 corporations and organisations sign global commitment to make buildings net zero by 2030 or sooner. World Green Building Council announces new call for government action on climate change.

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WorldGBC and GRESB join forces to drive net zero carbon buildings

Thu, 30th Apr 2020

The World Green Building Council has announced GRESB, the leading global sustainability benchmark for real estate portfolios, will reward companies that make a Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

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World leading private sector companies pledge net zero carbon buildings to combat climate crisis

Wed, 11th Dec 2019

COP25: Goldman Sachs, Hudson Pacific Properties, Lendlease Funds Management Australia and Petinelli announced as the newest signatories to WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, signalling global private sector leadership towards decarbonising the built environment to combat the climate crisis

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European cities commit to net zero buildings

Wed, 4th Dec 2019

Today leading European cities and companies pledged to slash carbon emissions from their buildings to net zero. Helsinki, Finland and Valladolid, Spain have signed WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, alongside property sector leaders BuroHappold, Carbon Credentials, Deerns, Grimshaw Architects, Grosvenor Group, Newsec Finland and Ylva.

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New digital library of exemplar sustainable buildings from across the world launched

Tue, 19th Nov 2019

World Green Building Council has launched a new case study library showcasing excellence in sustainable development globally, featuring buildings that are net zero carbon and/or enhance human health.

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blog

Europe needs to get tough and switch to LED to meet its emission reduction targets

Thu, 16th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Written by Neil Pattie, Head of External Communications, Signify calls for tough action from EU states to meet emission reduction targets by making the switch to smart LED lighting.

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blog

Calling on Canada Green Building Council — our first Americas Building Perspective

Mon, 13th Sep 2021

In our first Americas region episode of Building Perspective, Thomas Mueller, CEO, Canada Green Building Council (Canada GBC), talks to us about the business of GBCs and the marriage of profit and purpose.

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blog

Can indoor finishings improve the air we breathe?

Thu, 19th Aug 2021

In our latest Better Places for People thought leadership series, Willem Burmanje, Director Strategic Communications at Forbo Flooring, discusses the impact which indoor finishings and flooring can have on the air quality within our schools, homes and work spaces.

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The factory in the forest which connects workers to nature

Fri, 13th Aug 2021

Paramit Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Malaysia) won the Leadership in Design, Commercial Award (2020 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards) for their multi-award-winning electronics factory in Penang Science Park, Malaysia.

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Can we achieve healthy indoor air quality and net zero during a global pandemic?

Thu, 5th Aug 2021

A reflection from WorldGBC’s webinar on the challenges of prioritising health and net zero during a pandemic — by Sara Kawamura, Better Places for People Project Officer, WorldGBC.

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A campus with community and nature at its heart

Mon, 28th Jun 2021

Chai Wan Campus for the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) has won the Sustainable Design and Performance Award (2020 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards) for creating an enlightening space which works in harmony with the community. In this blog, Mr. Leung Man-Kit, Director of Sustainable Design, Ronald Lu & Partners (Hong Kong) Limited, discusses the art of building around life to create a space for life to thrive.

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Something in the air? Green Building Council Cameroon find out with Plant a Sensor

Fri, 4th Jun 2021

In this latest instalment of the Better Places for People thought leadership series, Roger Nwancha, Chief Executive Officer at GBC CAM, explains the innovative approach they are taking towards understanding the air over the city of Yaounde through the Plant a Sensor project.

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BUILD UPON2 City Series part 3: Leeds

Wed, 2nd Jun 2021

WorldGBC finds out how the city of Leeds is preparing to use the BUILD UPON2 framework to monitor renovation.

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From affordable housing to aspiring young leaders — our first MENA Building Perspective

Wed, 26th May 2021

In our first MENA region episode of Building Perspective, we talk to one of the youngest leaders in our network — Ala'a Abdulla, Executive Director, Jordan Green Building Council (JordanGBC).

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What lessons have we learnt for worker’s rights in the built environment?

Thu, 6th May 2021

As the built environment moves towards net zero, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and Multiplex explore the opportunity to ensure that human dignity is ‘designed in’ for construction workers in the latest edition of our Better Places for People thought leadership blog.

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BUILD UPON2 City Series part 2: Budaörs

Wed, 14th Apr 2021

WorldGBC finds out how the city of Budaörs is preparing to use the BUILD UPON2 framework to monitor renovation.

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CoEvolve Northern Star works with, not against, the elements to tackle India’s water shortage

Mon, 12th Apr 2021

CoEvolve Northern Star by CoEvolve Estates (India) is a unique sustainable residential development in India. Following water shortages in Bangalore, the development team have focused on water sustainability.

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ÖGNI Position Paper: Social Sustainability

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

In cooperation with an expert group, the ÖGNI (Austrian Sustainable Building Council) has defined standards for measuring the social sustainability of buildings and identifies three focal points: Holistic view of the neighborhood, operation of buildings and flexibility.

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ÖGNI Position Paper: Benchmarks in Operation

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

The ÖGNI Position Paper: Benchmarks in Operation outlines how sustainability can only be achieved through sensible, efficient building operation; and proves that sustainability and efficient operation go hand in hand.

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ÖGNI Position Paper: Smart Cities

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

Although the term "Smart City" is widely used, a clear definition is still missing. This ÖGNI position paper aims to clarify ÖGNI's position on Smart Cities, make the term Smart Cities more specific for urban development stakeholders, support and guide urban developers in their attempts to implement the Smart City concept and develop a basis for the certification of Smart Cities.

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Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront

Mon, 23rd Sep 2019

With the support of more than 80 organisations, the World Green Building Council’s report describes actions to revolutionise the buildings and construction sector towards a net zero future, through elimination of embodied carbon emissions.

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Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe: The Supporting Role of the Green Building Sector

Wed, 19th Jun 2019

The report Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe: The Supporting Role of the Green Building Sector sets out a roadmap to grow the market for green mortgages - with the potential to transform millions of buildings across Europe.

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Advancing Net Zero Status Report 2019

Tue, 28th May 2019

The Advancing Net Zero Status Report 2019 highlights leadership action helping to shift the market towards net zero carbon operational emissions in buildings.

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Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition

Tue, 30th Apr 2019

UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) publication details framework definition for net zero carbon buildings to provide UK industry with clarity on how to achieve net zero carbon in construction and operation.

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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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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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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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World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report

Tue, 13th Nov 2018

New World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report outlines the findings from the preeminent survey on green building featuring participants from 2,000 building professionals in 86 countries.

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Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe: Towards a New Market Standard

Mon, 24th Sep 2018

Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe: Towards a New Market Standard tackles how Europe should finance the building of an energy efficiency revolution needed to slash the 40% of Europe’s carbon emissions that come from its buildings – a staggering 97% of which are inefficient. 

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New Renovation tool will help cities tackle climate, economic and health crises

Thu, 14th Oct 2021

The BUILD UPON2 framework helps local governments measure the full benefits of building retrofit, including environmental, social and economic impacts such as carbon savings, energy poverty alleviation and job creation.

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BUILD UPON2 City Series part 2: Budaörs

Wed, 14th Apr 2021

WorldGBC finds out how the city of Budaörs is preparing to use the BUILD UPON2 framework to monitor renovation.

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news

WorldGBC’s response on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive review

Tue, 23rd Mar 2021

WorldGBC has submitted a position paper on the review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

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WorldGBC’s recommendations on the Energy Efficiency Directive review

Tue, 23rd Feb 2021

WorldGBC has submitted a position paper on the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

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