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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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thought leadership

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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thought leadership

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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news

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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publication

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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publication

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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news

WorldGBC receives an award for leading industry change

Wed, 23rd Oct 2019

WorldGBC was presented with the Barcelona Meeting Point (BM) Mediterranean Award at the Mediterranean Real Estate Forum international conference for its invaluable mission leading the transformation of the construction industry to create a healthier and more sustainable environment.

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EmiratesGBC honours winners of the 2019 MENA Green Building Awards

Thu, 17th Oct 2019

The annual Awards honour excellence in green building initiatives in 16 categories including newly introduced 'Zero Building of the Year’ for advancing net zero energy in built environments. See the full list of winners here.

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Built environment stakeholders recommend integration of whole life carbon criteria into European policy

Tue, 8th Oct 2019

Today a coalition of over 30 organisations working in the buildings and construction sector have signed an open letter to the European Commission outlining their view on the transformative potential that the Level(s) framework can play in mainstreaming sustainable buildings and deliver on key European environmental, economic and social goals.

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thought leadership

It’s not that easy being green

Tue, 1st Oct 2019

WorldGBC takes a closer look at the iconic building 'Bosco Verticale' in Milan, Italy to explore the benefits of its sustainability features and how it dealt with the challenge of considering whole lifecycle emissions, both operational and embodied; the trade-offs and co-benefits, and lessons for future projects.

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thought leadership

Will a common vision for the global building sector make the world more sustainable?

Thu, 26th Sep 2019

A roadmap for the building and construction sector in Norway to achieve a common vision of zero emissions and a full circular economy in 2050 has sparked action to address both operational and embodied carbon emissions from buildings.

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news

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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news

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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Green improvements in school buildings have positive impacts on student performance, show new WorldGBC infographics

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, new infographics from WorldGBC show.

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news

The role of buildings at COP23

Mon, 13th Nov 2017

WorldGBC attended the COP23 climate change conference, in Bonn, Germany, to urge governments to work in coordination with companies, cities and communities to decarbonise the building and construction sector

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Global study on how offices impact employee productivity & health, launched by Harvard University with backing from UTC and JLL

Tue, 7th Nov 2017

A study that will examine how the indoor environments of 100 office buildings around the world impact employee productivity and health has been launched by Harvard University.

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news

Knauf Insulation celebrates double sustainability breakthrough

Mon, 6th Nov 2017

The global insulation company and a member of WorldGBC’s Europe Regional Network has achieved two of its core 2020 sustainability targets this year, four years ahead of schedule.

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news

WorldGBC announces Congress 2018 to be held in Toronto – with Canada Green Building Council

Thu, 2nd Nov 2017

WorldGBC is delighted to announce that its Congress 2018 will be held in Toronto, Canada, in June, in partnership with the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Building Lasting Change conference.

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news

Be a green building pioneer! Join an EU workshop to test Level(s) reporting framework

Tue, 31st Oct 2017

Take part in the European Commission's testing phase for Level(s) - a new voluntary reporting framework aimed at improving the sustainability of buildings – by joining a special workshop on 4 December in Brussels

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news

New reports set out actions for how green mortgages can meet EU climate & building renovation goals

Thu, 26th Oct 2017

A series of new reports published today set out the actions needed to ensure mortgage lending can support the EU’s climate and building renovation goals.

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Join green buildings leaders at COP23 – Registration for ‘Building Action Symposium’ now open

Mon, 23rd Oct 2017

How can the building and construction sector help to achieve the Paris Agreement? Find out by joining green building leaders at this year’s COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.

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Former WorldGBC Chair Bruce Kerswill receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Wed, 18th Oct 2017

Bruce Kerswill, the former Chair of the World Green Building Council, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)

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news

Green Building Councils forge new path on energy efficient mortgages

Tue, 17th Oct 2017

Ten Green Building Councils from Europe met in London today ahead of the publication of new research strengthening the case for energy efficient mortgages.

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blog

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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blog

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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blog

Rising to the challenge: Our journey to green buildings in the MENA region

Thu, 16th Feb 2017

Anyone who has been to the MENA region will be aware of the unique conditions in this part of the world. Temperatures can reach highs of 50 °C (122 °F) in cities such as Dubai...

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blog

The new window to the world on green building

Tue, 24th Jan 2017

This week, the World Green Building Council took a giant step forward in its mission to advance green building for everyone, everywhere... with the launch of our new website.

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Green buildings take centre stage at the ‘Action’ COP22 in Marrakech

Fri, 11th Nov 2016

Yesterday, on November 10, the second Buildings Day at a UNFCCC COP (Conference of Parties) took place in Marrakech. As with the first Buildings Day at COP21 in Paris, last year, the day was a triumph for the green building movement...

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blog

Better thinking, better health in green-certified buildings

Mon, 31st Oct 2016

By 2050 nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. This means more buildings will be needed, and buildings already consume 40% of global energy. Clearly, the future of buildings and the future of sustainability go hand in hand.

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The New Urban Agenda and the green building movement

Wed, 26th Oct 2016

As I made my journey home from Habitat 3, leaving behind the beautiful city of Quito in Ecuador, I reflected on what exactly the New Urban Agenda means to our Green Building Council movement

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When is a building 'circular'?

Thu, 6th Oct 2016

If you thought this was a good example of a 'circular' building, you've got a lot of catching up to do, and now is the perfect time to start…

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Green Building Councils provide leadership on zero carbon buildings

Fri, 30th Sep 2016

Last December in Paris at COP21, nearly 200 countries came together to forge an unprecedented agreement: to “limit global average temperatures to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels...

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Walking the talk – the new UK-GBC & WorldGBC office, London

Thu, 29th Sep 2016

In January this year, we announced details of our project to refurbish our London headquarters, which is also home to some of our friends and colleagues from World Green Building Council.

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blog

Philips' report advocates Better Places for People

Tue, 27th Sep 2016

Philips, a founding member of the WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board, has announced ambitious new targets for international lighting standards that will inherently lead to greener and healthier offices.

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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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blog

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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news

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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