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BUILD UPON2 - Boosting low carbon building renovation across Europe

Thu, 23rd May 2019

In conjunction with the URBAN FUTURE Global Conference in Oslo, the World Green Building Council and partners announce BUILD UPON2 - a project that will accelerate the renovation of existing buildings in European cities.

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Does your Indoor Air #SparkJoy?

Thu, 23rd May 2019

MANN + HUMMEL's Joelle Chen argues how by taking a data-driven approach to healthy buildings and measuring our indoor air quality, we can find out the nutritional value of our air - and take simple, practical steps to improve it.

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The Cities Climate Action Project takes a leading position in Latin America

Fri, 17th May 2019

The WorldGBC Americas Regional Network has taken the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) to more cities and countries in the Americas. New signatories for the program include Belen in Costa Rica, Guatemala City in Guatemala, the State of Campeche in Mexico, and Cali and Monteria in Colombia.

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Applications now open for 2019 MENA Green Building Awards

Thu, 16th May 2019

Emirates Green Building Council has opened applications for its annual MENA Green Building Awards. The application window will run from 1 May – 27 July 2019. This year, the awards include a new category for Zero Building/Zero Building Design of the Year.

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World Green Building Council welcomes Surbana Jurong to Corporate Advisory Board

Thu, 16th May 2019

The Surbana Jurong Group has joined WorldGBC's Corporate Advisory Board for 2019. The Corporate Advisory Board is a select group of companies which are global leaders on sustainability, and which serve to guide WorldGBC on its strategy and activities.

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Clearing the Air: How Beijing is building up to better air quality

Wed, 15th May 2019

With air pollution in Beijing a longtime and well documented environmental and health crisis, Mr Wang Qingqin of China Academy of Building Research (CABR) details some of the improvements to ambient (outdoor) air quality in Beijing, and the impact of these improvements on indoor environmental quality.

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Godrej & Boyce certifies first net zero energy building in India under IGBC rating system

Fri, 3rd May 2019

Plant – 13 Annexe Building, part of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd's Vikhroli campus has become the frst building in India to achieve a ‘Net Zero Energy Rating’ from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

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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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UK Green Building Council presents industry framework for net zero carbon buildings

Tue, 30th Apr 2019

Under the global Advancing Net Zero program, UKGBC has developed a framework definition for net zero carbon buildings to provide industry with clarity on how to achieve net zero carbon in construction and operation.

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New USGBC research explores green building industry’s role in highlighting the importance of buildings as a global solution

Mon, 29th Apr 2019

As part of its Living Standard initiative, the USGBC has released a new U.S. public research report titled Standard Issue that sets out to better gauge how the public feels about issues at the core of the green building community’s mission: sustainability, green buildings and the environment.

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WorldGBC launches Air Quality in the Built Environment campaign

Wed, 24th Apr 2019

We spend 90% of our time indoors and its estimated that 92% of the air in the places we live is unsafe to breathe. That’s why 30 GBCs as part of our Better Places for People global project are working to combat global air pollution from the built environment and launching an Air Quality in the Built Environment campaign.

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Refreshed identity for Better Places for People

Wed, 17th Apr 2019

Better Places for People (BPFP), our global project focused on creating a sustainable built environment for both people and planet, has a refreshed logo

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Refreshed identity for Better Places for People

Wed, 17th Apr 2019

Better Places for People (BPFP), our global project focused on creating a sustainable built environment for both people and planet, has a refreshed logo

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World Green Building Week 2018 #HomeGreenHome campaign shortlisted for green award

Thu, 4th Apr 2019

WorldGBC is delighted to announce its World Green Building Week 2018 #HomeGreenHome campaign has been shortlisted for the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2019 in the Environmental Awareness Campaign of the Year category.

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Urban Green Council and WorldGBC Americas launch partnership to scale green building efforts

Wed, 3rd Apr 2019

Urban Green Council and the World Green Building Council Americas Regional Network join forces to accelerate climate action in cities.

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EmiratesGBC wins Dubai Quality Award for excellence in creating value for its members

Tue, 2nd Apr 2019

The Emirates Green Building Council has been chosen as the winner in the Representative Entity category of the Dubai Quality Appreciation Award at the 25th Business Excellence Awards for its noteworthy role in engaging, offering benefits and creating value for its members.

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Build a better future with us – deadline for nominations for new WorldGBC Board members now extended

Tue, 26th Mar 2019

Are you passionate about changing the world and acting on climate change through buildings? Then we have an outstanding opportunity for you! We're seeking nominations for new members of our Board. Apply by 30 April 2019.

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Become a Regional Chair or Vice Chair and help us achieve our mission of green buildings for everyone, everywhere

Tue, 26th Mar 2019

Calling all Established Green Building Councils! WorldGBC has extended the deadline to receive nominations for the Regional Chairs and Vice Chairs of its five Regional Networks to 30 April 2019.

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HRH The Prince of Wales endorses World Green Building Council

Mon, 25th Mar 2019

HRH The Prince of Wales endorsed the ambitious targets of our global green building movement during a video address at the Green Summit 2019 in Manchester, UK.

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Green buildings yield 30-80% lower utility costs compared to standard buildings, finds GBC Indonesia and IFC study

Thu, 14th Mar 2019

A joint report by GBC Indonesia and IFC revealed that nine green certified buildings, mostly located in Jakarta, yielded 30 to 80% lower annual utility costs compared to standard buildings.

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WorldGBC urges pragmatic approach to EU taxonomy

Tue, 5th Mar 2019

On 22 February, WorldGBC Europe responded to a consultation from the technical expert group on sustainable finance (TEG) on the development of the 'taxonomy' - an EU-wide classification system for environmentally sustainable economic activities.

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Climate champion California joins the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Fri, 22nd Feb 2019

The US state of California further solidifies its position as a climate champion by joining WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment – the first US State to do so.

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Ramboll brings leading sustainable design expertise to World Green Building Council's Europe Network

Thu, 21st Feb 2019

Ramboll has entered into a new partnership with the World Green Building Council’s Europe Network as its first engineering partner, to collaborate on driving sustainability and innovation across Europe’s building sector.

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And the winner is... WorldGBC announces winner of annual Member Value Survey prize draw

Tue, 12th Feb 2019

The first 20 Green Building Councils to complete WorldGBC’s annual Member Value Survey in 2018 were entered into a prize draw to receive $500 USD towards a leadership training course of their choice in 2019 - find out which GBC has won the prize draw.

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Leaders Commit to Save 209 Million Tonnes of Carbon Emissions Equivalent (Co2e) by 2050 at Launch of World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Thu, 13th Sep 2018

Today, the World Green Building Council officially launched its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment as part of the momentous Global Climate Action Summit, celebrating 38 founding signatories.

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Major European banks launch new green mortgage scheme

Thu, 14th Jun 2018

Today, the (WorldGBC) Europe network and 37 major European banks launched a new energy efficiency mortgage pilot scheme, marking a major signal from investors that green building is a key growth market for Europe.

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World Green Building Council Calls on Companies Across the World to Make their Buildings Net Zero Carbon

Wed, 6th Jun 2018

The World Green Building Council today opened their new Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment and called on market leaders in the building and construction sector to join as signatories.

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New report makes business case for building green with health and wellbeing features

Tue, 24th Apr 2018

New WorldGBC report highlights the tangible economic benefits of green building and showcases how occupant satisfaction imrpoves when companies implement green building features in existing green structures.

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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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“Collaboration is the new innovation” – a powerful idea for the green building movement

Wed, 23rd Jan 2019

With collaboration increasingly cited as the new innovation, WorldGBC’s Matt Adams explores the notion behind this statement, and the opportunity it presents for decarbonising our built environment.

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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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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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Improving Buildings and Lives Across Latin America – with Women as Leaders

Mon, 12th Nov 2018

A green building revolution is under way in Latin America, one that will improve the health and well-being of future generations, and it’s being led by women.  Thanks to a new cash injection, this is a revolution that will spread far and wide, creating resilient communities at the forefront of fighting climate change, blogs WorldGBC's Juanita Alvarez.

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WorldGBC responds to IPCC: The entire building and construction supply chain must decarbonise by 2050 to reach 1.5 degrees

Mon, 8th Oct 2018

Following the IPCC report warning that every secotor must decarbonise by 2050 to mitigate the effects of climate change, WorldGBC will begin work to assess how the increasing emissions from building and construction can reach net zero by 2050.

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Ensuring the Habitats of Future Generations through Green Buildings

Fri, 5th Oct 2018

WorldGBC's Head of Advancing Net Zero Victoria Burrows explains how the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment marks an unprecedented breakthrough on climate action for buildings that will improve the lives of millions for generations to come.

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Notes from the Network: GBCs in Asia Pacific Galvanise Green Building Action

Thu, 4th Oct 2018

Following the latest APN meeting in Singapore in September 2018, WorldGBC's Asia Pacific Regional Head Joelle Chen outlines the outstanding achivements and breakthroughs from the region's GBCs to advance and upscale green building in their local markets, and the next steps to increase green building uptake acorss the region.

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Building up to a greener residential sector in India

Fri, 28th Sep 2018

The Indian Green Building Council believes the vision of a "sustainable built environment for ALL” can only be holistically achieved if sustainability is truly addressed in the residential sector. With this in mind, IGBC has developed three green building rating tools for homes - IGBC's Anand Muthukrishna explains how these are helping improve millions of lives across India.

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Public Realm - Gateway to our Communities’ Sustainable Future

Fri, 28th Sep 2018

According to UN Habitat, public spaces now comprise just 2% of the area of Middle Eastern cities. As our cities expand, the needs of urban dwellers for high-quality public realm have grown more pressing. Majid Al Futtaim is working to create “Great Moments for Everyone, Everyday", blogs Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi.

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Energy Retrofitting of the Existing Building Envelope - Jordan GBC Produces Guidelines to Accelerate Greening of Existing Buildings

Fri, 28th Sep 2018

Retrofitting existing buildings is more economically feasible than constructing new green buildings; Jordan GBC has produced a detailed guide to help accelerate market action for retrofitting buildings, blogs Hala Al-Shooha.

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How to Make Money from Climate-Proofing Your Property

Thu, 27th Sep 2018

In this exclusive blog for World Green Building Week 2018, WorldGBC's James Drinkwater and Judit Kimpian of the Architects Council of Europe explain how ‘green mortgages’ and value adding extensions could be a winning combination.

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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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WorldGBC Annual Report 2016/17

Wed, 6th Dec 2017

The World Green Building Council's Annual Report for 2016/17 outlines the major achievements of the organisation and its global network of Green Building Councils.

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Better Places for People - Research on Health, Wellbeing and Performance in Green Schools

Wed, 29th Nov 2017

Our Better Places for People infographics provide a snapshot of the major research which shows how green school buildings can have positive impacts on students and their learning performance.

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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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