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WorldGBC and BASE join forces to enhance sustainable cooling in buildings

Tue, 28th Jan 2020

In a warming world with increasing urbanization and a growing energy demand for air conditioning, Cooling as a Service is set to be a solution to scale up efficient and clean cooling systems in buildings.

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World Green Building Council Annual Report 2018/19

Wed, 18th Dec 2019

The World Green Building Council's Annual Report for 2018/19 outlines the major achievements of the organisation and its global network of Green Building Councils.

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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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2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction

Wed, 11th Dec 2019

The 2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction released by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction at COP25 in Madrid, shows that CO2 emissions from the world’s buildings and their construction remain stubbornly at around 39% of total carbon dioxide emissions.

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Big step-up in ambition needed to put buildings and construction on track to meet Paris Agreement goals, warns Global ABC report

Wed, 11th Dec 2019

The 2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction released today by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (Global ABC) at COP25 in Madrid shows that CO2 emissions from the world’s buildings and their construction remain stubbornly at around 39 per cent of total carbon dioxide emissions.

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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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The Hero for Net Zero in UAE? The Emirates Green Building Council

Tue, 12th Nov 2019

How is the building and construction sector in the UAE moving towards net zero? WorldGBC's MENA Regional Head Mohammad Asfour outlines the initiatives EmiratesGBC is undertaking to enable the nation to transition to a net zero carbon built environment.

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Australia steps up to the challenge to decarbonise

Mon, 11th Nov 2019

When WorldGBC released its call to action on embodied carbon in September 2019, Australia’s leading organisations didn’t hesitate to endorse it. Twenty members of the Green Building Council of Australia backed the drastic action for the building and construction sector immediately. Find out how GBCA is driving momentum to recognise the importance of upfront and embodied carbon.

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Google joins global industry leaders to serve on the World Green Building Council’s Corporate Advisory Board

Mon, 4th Nov 2019

American multinational technology company Google has joined WorldGBC's Corporate Advisory Board, 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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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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WorldGBC launches Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards for 2018

Wed, 31st Jan 2018

The World Green Building Council has today officially opened nominations for its prestigious Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards 2018.

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Deadline extended for 2018 MENA Green Building Awards

Tue, 30th Jan 2018

Emirates Green Building Council has extended the deadline for submissions for its annual MENA Green Building Awards 2018 until Thursday 15 February 2018

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AkzoNobel unveils plans to build Europe's largest green hydrogen plant

Tue, 23rd Jan 2018

AkzoNobel, the global paints and coating firm and WorldGBC Partner, has unveiled plans to build Europe’s largest green hydrogen production plant in a bid to cut global CO2 emissions.

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Registration for Building Lasting Change with WorldGBC Congress Canada now open!

Fri, 19th Jan 2018

We’re delighted to announce that registration for Building Lasting Change with WorldGBC Congress Canada - which takes place in Toronto, from 3 to 7 June 2018 - is now open.

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Links between sustainability & business value identified in new UKGBC report

Thu, 18th Jan 2018

Businesses in the built environment are being empowered to make the business case for environmental action and to measure the value they derive from such practices, thanks to a new UKGBC report.

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EU considering changes to banking rules to reward consumers for choosing greener buildings

Fri, 5th Jan 2018

Efforts to cut emissions from Europe’s building stock received a boost as the European Commission said it was considering lowering capital requirements for banks to help reward consumers investing in energy efficient buildings.

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ROCKWOOL becomes Regional Partner of WorldGBC’s Americas Regional Network

Fri, 22nd Dec 2017

ROCKWOOL, the world’s largest producer of stone wool insulation has become a Regional Partner of the World Green Building Council’s Americas Network.

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“Time running out” to curb energy use in buildings & construction to meet Paris climate goals

Mon, 11th Dec 2017

Time is running out to reduce the buildings and construction sector’s energy use and keep the Paris Agreement on track, according to a new report published today.

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WorldGBC announces new Chair & Vice Chair of Corporate Advisory Board

Thu, 7th Dec 2017

Emmanuel Normant, Vice-President, Sustainable Development at Saint-Gobain, has been appointed the new Chair of the CAB, and Ibrahim Al-Zu'bi, Head of Sustainability at Majid Al Futtaim, has become the Vice Chair.

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WorldGBC sets out achievements in Annual Report 2016/17

Wed, 6th Dec 2017

The World Green Building Council has today set out its achievements and those of its global network of Green Building Councils in its Annual Report 2016/17.

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WorldGBC appoints first Regional Head for Africa Network – Jane Afrane

Fri, 1st Dec 2017

WorldGBC is excited to announce the appointment of our first full-time Regional Head for the Africa Regional Network – Jane Afrane.

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European Green Building Councils urge Europe not to ignore its renovation potential

Thu, 30th Nov 2017

Green Building Councils from across Europe are urging their governments to champion strong EU policy – particularly around building renovation - that helps to deliver on global climate change goals.

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Virtuous circle: Exploring the circular economy with global leaders AkzoNobel & Shaw Contract

Thu, 3rd Aug 2017

In this special 'in conversation' piece, AkzoNobel's Chris Cook and Shaw Contract's Todd Jarvis talk to Terri Wills, CEO of WorldGBC, about the “circular economy” approach to business.  

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Green building – a driver for decent jobs & economic growth

Mon, 31st Jul 2017

Karl pfeffer, of the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization, blogs about how green building can support decent jobs and economic growth, following a recent training course.

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The growth of a greener India

Tue, 18th Jul 2017

I still vividly remember, 16 years ago, when a small group of green building enthusiasts huddled in a conference room in Chennai to establish the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), writes Mr S Raghupathy.

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Better Places for People in India: Our research shows green buildings support healthier, happier lives

Thu, 6th Jul 2017

IGBC's report 'Impact of Green Buildings on Occupants Wellbeing' demonstrates benefits of green buildings on occupants' health and happiness

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The global green building movement stands united on fighting climate change

Fri, 2nd Jun 2017

WorldGBC, its global network of Green Building Councils and their member companies will stand united in our efforts to fight climate change through green building, writes CEO Terri Wills.

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Notes from the Networks – Green building growth in the MENA region

Thu, 1st Jun 2017

Visionaries, thought-leaders and change-makers are demonstrating real green leadership across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, blogs Mohammad Asfour of WorldGBC.

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Notes from the Networks - Tackling the big issues to build a better Europe

Thu, 11th May 2017

Our recent meeting of European Green Building Councils and Regional Partners in Dublin, Ireland, was European cooperation at its best, blogs WorldGBC's James Drinkwater.

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Notes from the Networks – Improving the “hardware” & “software” of buildings across Asia Pacific

Thu, 27th Apr 2017

Joelle Chen, Regional Manager of the Asia Pacific Network, discusses how the region is looking ahead to the next chapter of green building development

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Earth Day: Why the quality of educational environments affects the quality of learning inside them

Fri, 21st Apr 2017

Earth Day as we know it today was launched in 1970 through teach-ins all over the US - educational forums to inform people from all walks of life of the environmental degradation around them.

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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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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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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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