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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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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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William McDonough’s ICEhouse constructed for fifth time at World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos

Mon, 4th Feb 2019

Watch WorldGBC's exclusive interview with designer and green building thought leader William McDonough about the ICEhouse™ at the 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

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World Green Building Council forms partnership with Climate and Clean Air Coalition

Mon, 28th Jan 2019

WorldGBC has commenced a Partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, led by UN Environment. Through this partnership, WorldGBC and its network of national Green Building Councils will offer a focus and expertise around the building and construction industry to this coalition of global leaders. 

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Welcoming our new Asia Pacific Regional Head - Allan Han-Huei Teo

Fri, 18th Jan 2019

WorldGBC is excited to announce our new Regional Head for the Asia Pacific Regional Network – Allan Han-Huei Teo. Find out more about Allan and how he'll be working with our 15 Green Building Councils in Asia Pacific to advance green building practices.

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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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The Global Push for Net Zero Buildings and Homes

Thu, 27th Sep 2018

Reducing the energy consumption of our buildings isn’t just a policy issue for governments – it’s a change we’re all empowered to make. Our homes are where we sleep, eat and build our lives, so it makes sense that they’re also the first place most of us can have our biggest impact, says WorldGBC's Angela Howarth.

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Why Green Building Councils are Essential Partners in the Fight to Decarbonise our Cities

Wed, 26th Sep 2018

As four cities in South Africa sign WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, GBCSA's Manfred Braune explains how Green Building Councils will play an integral role in ensuring cities deliver on their pledges to net zero carbon buildings.

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How Costa Rica is Transforming its Homes into Green Buildings

Wed, 26th Sep 2018

With an ever growing demand for residential buildings in Costa Rica, Arch. Esteban Cervantes outlines the measures that Green Building Council Costa Rica is taking to successfully transform the country's homes into green - and affordable - buildings.

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How Guatemala is turning a catastrophe into an opportunity for green building

Wed, 26th Sep 2018

After a recent volcano eruption destroyed alomost 200 homes across the centre-south of Guatemala leaving 180 families homeless, Guatemala GBC seized the opportunity to build new sustainable and climate-resilient housing, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

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Why it's Time to Build Better Homes in New Zealand

Mon, 17th Sep 2018

In the second blog in WorldGBC's #HomeGreenHome series for World Green Building Week 2018, NZGBC's Niall Bennett explains the country's sub-standard building code means too many New Zealanders live in cold, damp, unhealthy places and how NZGBC is taking action to improve the country's housing stock.

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Why Green Homes are Critical for Socioeconomic Development in Perú

Mon, 17th Sep 2018

Although Perú may be one of Latin America's most thriving economies, an alarming 70% of the country's construction remains informal - most of it informal housing projects. In the third blog in the #HomeGreenHome series for World Green Building Week 2018, Francesca Mayer Martinelli explains how Perú GBC is working to overcome this challenge.

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How up-cycling local materials is improving thermal comfort in homes across Jordan

Mon, 10th Sep 2018

In the first post for our #HomeGreenHome blog series for the upcoming World Green Building Week, Jordan GBC explains how up-cycling locally abundant materials is helping to improve thermal comfort in Jordanian homes - and kickstarting creativity and innovation for new green products to follow.

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Channelling Gender Parity in the Building & Construction Industry

Fri, 24th Aug 2018

In our latest blog in the series for Women's eNews, WorldGBC Chair Lisa Bate explains why gender diversity must be a priority for the building and construction industry in the face of climate change, and why, as the first female Chair of WorldGBC, she is committed to fostering the next generation of women leaders in green building.

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How green building can curb youth unemployment and boost green economic growth in Africa

Tue, 21st Aug 2018

As Africa grapples with its burgeoning youth population and the need for sustained, inclusive and decent employment, Jane Afrane explains how green building is a conduit for job creation.

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Workplace transformation: How Polish GBC is inspiring a nation of green & healthy offices

Thu, 9th Aug 2018

Polish GBC’s latest research proves the indisputable link between buildings and their users’ health, productivity and wellbeing, helping strengthen the business case for green and healthy offices - and Poland is now listening, blogs Alicja Kuczera.

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Amid Climate Uncertainty, Zero-Carbon Buildings Offer a Guiding North Star

Fri, 3rd Aug 2018

Decarbonizing the building sector, one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gases provides the best means in which to realize gains for both occupant and global health, explains WRI's Emma Stewart.

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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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World Green Building Trends 2016

Tue, 16th Feb 2016

This report finds that the percentage of companies expecting to have more than 60 per cent of their building projects certified green is anticipated to more than double by 2018, from 18 per cent currently, to 37 per cent.

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Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Retail: The Impact of Green Buildings on People and Profit

Mon, 1st Feb 2016

Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Retail: The Impact of Green Buildings on People and Profit finds that retailers can improve the shopping experience for their customers and potentially increase their profits by providing greener, healthier stores.

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Economic, Environmental and Health Implications of Enhanced Ventilation in Office Buildings

Wed, 18th Nov 2015

This paper finds that the health benefits associated with enhanced ventilation rates in buildings far exceed the per-person energy costs relative to salary costs.

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A Controlled Exposure Study of Green and Conventional Office Environments

Mon, 26th Oct 2015

This paper finds that cognitive function scores were significantly better in green building conditions compared to the conventional building conditions.

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Gezondheid, Welzijn & Productiviteit in Kantoren

Mon, 21st Sep 2015

Dutch Green Building Council have now made the information available in WorldGBC's Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices report for the Dutch market.

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Quality Assurance Guide for Green Building Rating Tools

Tue, 1st Sep 2015

WorldGBC has launched the Quality Assurance Guide for Green Building Rating Tools to guide new, emerging and established rating tools to ensure that their development and implementation is robust, transparent and to a good standard. 

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Health and Productivity in Sustainable Buildings

Thu, 18th Jun 2015

This white paper aims to encourage companies to explore the real influence buildings have on employees that work in them by introducing a global methodology that Polish businesses can use.

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BUILD UPON Launch Report

Fri, 29th May 2015

Our flagship European project, BUILD UPON, aims to build a community, a place for us to come together. Our mission is to work with European stakeholders to co-create ambitious national strategies to improve our existing buildings: your community spaces.

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Europe Regional Network - Impact Report 2014

Thu, 1st Jan 2015

This Impact Report details the achievements of the Europe Regional Network and its member Green Building Councils from the year 2014. 

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Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building

Wed, 24th Sep 2014

Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building presents overwhelming evidence that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff.

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Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices - App

Wed, 24th Sep 2014

Download the app version of Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices, which presents overwhelming evidence that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff.

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