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Welcome to the network: CEES joins WorldGBC as Prospective members

Mon, 29th Nov 2021

The latest addition to our global network is Concejo Ecuatoriano de Edificacion Sustentable (CEES). Beginning their journey as Prospective members, they bring green building practices to the south Americas region.

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Welcome to the network: Green Building Japan joins WorldGBC

Fri, 26th Nov 2021

Our global network is proud to welcome Green Building Japan (GBJ), which has joined the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) as an Affiliate Partner.

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thought leadership

Building Perspective goes back to our roots as we interview the founder of WorldGBC

Fri, 19th Nov 2021

In this special edition of our Building Perspective interview series, David, who is known as a father and pioneer of the global green building movement, shares his unique insight and knowledge on the past, the present and the future of creating a sustainable built environment for everyone, everywhere.

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thought leadership

Building ambition: The future of the built environment post COP26

Fri, 19th Nov 2021

"It is now nearly a week since Alok Sharma closed the negotiations at COP26 in Glasgow. My view is that debating whether Glasgow is a ‘win’ or ‘lose’ detracts from some of the important conversations and actions we need to take as we look to COP27 in Egypt in 2022."

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44 businesses announced as signatories to WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment tackling whole life carbon

Wed, 10th Nov 2021

At COP26 Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) announces 44 businesses stepping up their ambition as signatories to the updated Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, taking sector-leading action on whole life carbon emissions.

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Accelerating deep collaboration: 26 built environment climate action initiatives announced at COP26

Wed, 10th Nov 2021

Marking a climate breakthrough for the built environment, a coalition of business and government groups announce 26 climate action initiatives at Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day at COP26.

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Leading organisations in Finland show their support for carbon neutral built environment by 2035

Mon, 8th Nov 2021

Green Building Council Finland (GBC Finland) has today (8 November 2021) announced that a total of 24 Finnish organisations have pledged their support to the #BuildingLife Programme for Carbon Neutrality in the Built Environment.

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WorldGBC launches Beyond the Business Case — a groundbreaking report outlining why real estate businesses can’t afford NOT to invest in sustainability

Thu, 4th Nov 2021

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), a global network accelerating sustainability and decarbonisation in the building and construction sector, has set out the updated value proposition to drive investment in a sustainable built environment by launching a new flagship report ‘Beyond the Business Case’ at COP26 in Glasgow.

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thought leadership

No more excuses — no more bad buildings

Mon, 1st Nov 2021

COP26 has finally arrived in Glasgow, and the critical need for decisive climate action has never been greater. Our sector’s demand for natural resources fuels the climate crisis, and inefficient, unhealthy buildings affect our livelihoods. 

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thought leadership

Why does Climate Change matter to our health?

Thu, 28th Oct 2021

A reflection from WorldGBC’s webinar on the health impacts of climate change — by Sara Kawamura, Better Places for People Project Officer, WorldGBC.

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thought leadership

An award-winning commitment to zero carbon business

Thu, 28th Oct 2021

David Clark, Partner in ‘Business Leadership in Sustainability Award’ winner Cundall, (2020 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards) shares his company’s mission to work exclusively on zero carbon design projects by 2030.

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Three new companies join WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Wed, 26th May 2021

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) welcomes three new additions to its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment: ARA Asset Management Limited, B+H Architects and Currie & Brown.

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WorldGBC announced as New European Bauhaus partner

Tue, 18th May 2021

The World Green Building Council has been named by the European Commission’s New European Bauhaus as a project partner.

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Join the #RaceToZero and help the building and construction sector achieve breakthrough net zero targets

Tue, 11th May 2021

2021 is the year of COP26, and we need your help to demonstrate the existing leadership action from the built environment.

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Private sector supporting a net zero built environment agenda in Asia Pacific

Mon, 10th May 2021

WorldGBC announces two new Asia Pacific Net Zero Collaborators, AEC Group (Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited) and Pan-United Corporation Ltd, joining Ronald Lu & Partners and CLP Power Hong Kong.

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Five new companies join WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Thu, 29th Apr 2021

WorldGBC welcomes five new additions to its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment: Deloitte, Hibernia REIT plc, Lloyds Banking Group, MACE, and Watkins Payne Partnership.

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WorldGBC welcomes Forbo to its Corporate Advisory Board

Tue, 13th Apr 2021

Forbo Flooring Systems joins the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Corporate Advisory Board.

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WorldGBC welcomes LafargeHolcim to its Corporate Advisory Board

Mon, 12th Apr 2021

LafargeHolcim joins the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Corporate Advisory Board for 2021.

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WorldGBC launches Building Perspective interview series

Fri, 9th Apr 2021

Watch the first episode of Building Perspective with Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive of UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).

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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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Two WorldGBC CAB members join the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Tue, 9th Mar 2021

The leading initiative focused on climate action in the built environment, WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment challenges businesses and organisations across the world to decarbonise their building portfolios.

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WorldGBC welcomes Swire Properties to its Corporate Advisory Board

Fri, 5th Mar 2021

Swire Properties joins the World Green Building Council’s Corporate Advisory Board for 2021.

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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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World Green Building Council launches #ActOnClimate as campaign focus for World Green Building Week 2020

Fri, 5th Jun 2020

Nearly 100 corporations and organisations sign global commitment to make buildings net zero by 2030 or sooner. World Green Building Council announces new call for government action on climate change.

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WorldGBC and GRESB join forces to drive net zero carbon buildings

Thu, 30th Apr 2020

The World Green Building Council has announced GRESB, the leading global sustainability benchmark for real estate portfolios, will reward companies that make a Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

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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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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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World Green Building Council Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment reaches over 60 signatories

Wed, 25th Sep 2019

The World Green Building Council marks its 10th annual Word Green Building Week with new additions to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, signaling global industry leadership towards decarbonising the built environment to combat the climate crisis.

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New report: the building and construction sector can reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Mon, 23rd Sep 2019

With the support of more than 80 organisations, the World Green Building Council’s new report describes actions to revolutionise the buildings and construction sector towards a net zero future, through elimination of embodied carbon emissions.

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Zero Carbon Buildings for All Initiative Launched at UN Climate Action Summit

Mon, 23rd Sep 2019

The World Green Building Council is delighted to be partner of new multi-partner global initiative Zero Carbon Buildings for All, endorsed by the UN Secretary General and launched at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit.

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World Green Building Council partners with Earth Day Network to Support its 50th Anniversary in Landmark Year

Mon, 8th Jul 2019

WorldGBC is delighted to announce a partnership with the Earth Day Network that will support some of its flagship 50th anniversary campaigns with awareness raising and action, including a key citizen science initiative on air quality.

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Green building sector supports energy efficiency mortgages for Europe

Wed, 19th Jun 2019

A new report Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe: The Supporting Role of the Green Building Sector sets out roadmap to grow the market for energy efficiency mortgages - with potential to transform millions of buildings across Europe.

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World Green Building Council to shine a light on building lifecycle as campaign focus for World Green Building Week 2019

Wed, 5th Jun 2019

World Green Building Week (23-29 September 2019) will focus on end-to-end carbon emissions created across the building and construction industry, highlighting the need for the sustainable production, design, build, use, deconstruction and reuse of buildings and their materials.

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Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment surpasses 50 signatories in latest status report

Tue, 28th May 2019

In conjunction with Canada Green Building Council’s Accelerating to Zero Summit in Vancouver, the World Green Building Council celebrates more than 50 Commitment signatories in new Advancing Net Zero Status Report highlighting global industry action to combat the climate crisis.

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On the road to COP26, we need ambitious climate action and transparent reporting

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Provided by Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Chief Sustainability Officer at Majid Al Futtaim and Chair of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Corporate Advisory Board, this blog delves into the challenges in the MENA region.

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Decarbonisation: what are you waiting for?

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Written by Dave Hopping, CEO, Smart Infrastructure Solutions & Services, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, this blog takes a deep dive into the decarbonisation strategy.

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Europe needs to get tough and switch to LED to meet its emission reduction targets

Thu, 16th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Written by Neil Pattie, Head of External Communications, Signify calls for tough action from EU states to meet emission reduction targets by making the switch to smart LED lighting.

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Calling on Canada Green Building Council — our first Americas Building Perspective

Mon, 13th Sep 2021

In our first Americas region episode of Building Perspective, Thomas Mueller, CEO, Canada Green Building Council (Canada GBC), talks to us about the business of GBCs and the marriage of profit and purpose.

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Can indoor finishings improve the air we breathe?

Thu, 19th Aug 2021

In our latest Better Places for People thought leadership series, Willem Burmanje, Director Strategic Communications at Forbo Flooring, discusses the impact which indoor finishings and flooring can have on the air quality within our schools, homes and work spaces.

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The factory in the forest which connects workers to nature

Fri, 13th Aug 2021

Paramit Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Malaysia) won the Leadership in Design, Commercial Award (2020 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards) for their multi-award-winning electronics factory in Penang Science Park, Malaysia.

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Can we achieve healthy indoor air quality and net zero during a global pandemic?

Thu, 5th Aug 2021

A reflection from WorldGBC’s webinar on the challenges of prioritising health and net zero during a pandemic — by Sara Kawamura, Better Places for People Project Officer, WorldGBC.

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A campus with community and nature at its heart

Mon, 28th Jun 2021

Chai Wan Campus for the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) has won the Sustainable Design and Performance Award (2020 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards) for creating an enlightening space which works in harmony with the community. In this blog, Mr. Leung Man-Kit, Director of Sustainable Design, Ronald Lu & Partners (Hong Kong) Limited, discusses the art of building around life to create a space for life to thrive.

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Something in the air? Green Building Council Cameroon find out with Plant a Sensor

Fri, 4th Jun 2021

In this latest instalment of the Better Places for People thought leadership series, Roger Nwancha, Chief Executive Officer at GBC CAM, explains the innovative approach they are taking towards understanding the air over the city of Yaounde through the Plant a Sensor project.

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BUILD UPON2 City Series part 3: Leeds

Wed, 2nd Jun 2021

WorldGBC finds out how the city of Leeds is preparing to use the BUILD UPON2 framework to monitor renovation.

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From affordable housing to aspiring young leaders — our first MENA Building Perspective

Wed, 26th May 2021

In our first MENA region episode of Building Perspective, we talk to one of the youngest leaders in our network — Ala'a Abdulla, Executive Director, Jordan Green Building Council (JordanGBC).

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What lessons have we learnt for worker’s rights in the built environment?

Thu, 6th May 2021

As the built environment moves towards net zero, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and Multiplex explore the opportunity to ensure that human dignity is ‘designed in’ for construction workers in the latest edition of our Better Places for People thought leadership blog.

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publication

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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Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe: Towards a New Market Standard

Mon, 24th Sep 2018

Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe: Towards a New Market Standard tackles how Europe should finance the building of an energy efficiency revolution needed to slash the 40% of Europe’s carbon emissions that come from its buildings – a staggering 97% of which are inefficient. 

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Doing Right by Planet and People: The Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building

Tue, 24th Apr 2018

In conjunction with Earth Day, the World Green Building Council's new report Doing Right by Planet and People: The Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building urges companies to make green improvements.

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Capturing the Value of Sustainability: Identifying the links between sustainability and business value

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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Global Status Report 2017

Mon, 11th Dec 2017

This Global Status Report 2017 reconfirms the significance of the buildings and construction sector in global emissions, and shows that while efforts to decarbonise are progressing, the pace and scale of improvement is still not enough to meet global climate ambitions.

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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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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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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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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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