publication

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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press

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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thought leadership

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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press

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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news

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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thought leadership

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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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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press

Latest World Green Building Trends: Nearly Half of Survey Respondents Expect to Make 60% of their Projects Green in Next 3 Years

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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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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thought leadership

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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news

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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news

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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news

UAE ready to mainstream nearly zero energy buildings, finds new report

Wed, 27th Sep 2017

The UAE is ready to transition from the position of an early adopter of nearly zero energy buildings to mainstream rollout, finds Emirates Green Building Council in a new report.

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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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Global businesses could collectively save up to $1.5tn through efficient use of office space, finds Philips

Tue, 26th Sep 2017

Businesses around the world could realise savings of up to $1.5tn in reduced rental costs alone if their office buildings were refurbished to the most efficient standards of today, say Philips Lighting.

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Four new Green Building Councils join Advancing Net Zero project

Tue, 26th Sep 2017

An additional four Green Building Councils have officially joined the World Green Building Council’s Advancing Net Zero project, taking the total number of participating councils to 14.

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news

Time for heroes - Welcome to World Green Building Week 2017!

Mon, 25th Sep 2017

Thousands of climate action advocates, Green Building Councils, businesses and non-profits are turning up the volume on the need for green buildings as part of World Green Building Week.

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news

Nationwide retrofit strategy could cut over half of emissions from Canada’s large buildings, finds report

Thu, 21st Sep 2017

Large buildings in Canada such as office towers, hospitals and arenas could cut their emissions by up to 51 per cent, according to a new report published by the Canada Green Building Council.

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news

Heroes unmasked – join our webinars for World Green Building Week

Thu, 14th Sep 2017

WorldGBC is hosting two webinars - Heroes unmasked: A WorldGBC introduction to net zero buildings - during World Green Building Week on Wednesday 27 September. 

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news

AkzoNobel re-claims top industry ranking in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Tue, 12th Sep 2017

AkzoNobel has returned to the top of the influential sustainability ranking system for the fifth time in six years, to lead the rankings for companies in the Chemicals industry.

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WorldGBC membership surpasses 75 Green Building Councils as Serbia joins

Fri, 8th Sep 2017

Membership of the World Green Building Council has surpassed 75 Green Building Councils – as Serbia has joined as the 76th member at the Prospective level.

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news

Promoting wellbeing at work is more than a 'box-ticking' exercise, finds JLL report

Thu, 31st Aug 2017

A new study by JLL, the global real estate firm and a member of WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board, has found that helping people to feel good at work is more than a 'box-ticking' exercise and can help companies realise measureable benefits.

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news

The countdown is on… four weeks until World Green Building Week 2017

Tue, 29th Aug 2017

In four weeks’ time, hundreds of businesses, NGOs and individuals around the globe will unite to celebrate the positive role green buildings play in our lives, as part of World Green Building Week 2017.

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news

BUILD UPON project cited in Forbes as example of large scale transformation

Wed, 16th Aug 2017

WorldGBC’s BUILD UPON project has been cited in a recent Forbes article as an example of large-scale societal transformation, alongside disruptive platform businesses such as Airbnb and Uber.

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blog

Laying the foundations for a stronger green building movement – my vision for WorldGBC

Wed, 22nd Jun 2016

2016 will go down in history as a pivotal year in our efforts to combat climate change – the year in which we moved from words to action...

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blog

Creating great living places

Thu, 2nd Jun 2016

At Saint-Gobain, we have always been passionate about buildings and buildings materials. We believe that buildings and more broadly living places can make a huge difference to people’s lives and to the planet as a whole.

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blog

The why and the how

Mon, 30th May 2016

Since the launch of the Better Places for People Office and Retail reports, our national green building councils have been hard at work getting their members to understand the “why” and “how” of healthy buildings.

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blog

Let’s make 2016 a record breaking year for climate action

Fri, 22nd Apr 2016

Later today, history will be made as the heads of state and politicians from over 150 countries gather at the UN headquarters in New York to officially approve the Paris Agreement...

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blog

Humanising the workplace

Wed, 20th Apr 2016

A workplace should help you be your very best. Yet all too many offices, factories and laboratories overlook vital human factors that affect employee wellness and impact organisations.

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blog

World Health Day and the growing case to build with people in mind

Thu, 7th Apr 2016

Today is World Health Day and this year’s theme is “Halt the rise: beat diabetes”. As you may be aware, one of the best ways to prevent diabetes is through regular physical activity...

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blog

The power of communication - introducing our new blog

Mon, 4th Apr 2016

On 3 December 2015, something truly remarkable happened. An unprecedented alliance of key players from within the buildings and construction industry...

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blog

Indoor Air Quality and its Impact on Cognitive Functions

Sun, 20th Mar 2016

A landmark report published in the fall by Harvard’s School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment in conjunction with SUNY Update Medical University and Syracuse University...

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blog

Health, wellbeing & the business case for green retail

Tue, 1st Mar 2016

Napoleon was supposed to have called us “a nation of shopkeepers”. I imagine it wasn’t meant favourably, but 200 years on and retail accounts for 10% of employment, over 5% of GDP and apparently London is the “retail capital of the world” (according to BIS).

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blog

Could greener stores improve the customer experience and lead to increased profit?

Fri, 5th Feb 2016

Imagine if the supermarket you shopped in made you feel healthier or happier? If the assistants packing your groceries were more productive because the space they worked in had particularly good air quality and daylight?

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blog

A world of wellbeing at our fingertips

Wed, 20th Jan 2016

Early findings from a recent study show that our Head Office refurbishment is making people feel happier, healthier and more productive. This is good news for our radical programme to promote wellbeing and productivity across our portfolio.

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blog

Better and better

Mon, 9th Nov 2015

It’s no coincidence that the word ‘better’ features in two of the World Green Building Council’s current and high profile campaigns.

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