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Sustainable Building innovators commended through prestigious WorldGBC Chair’s Award

Mon, 29th Jun 2020

In recognition of their commitment and innovation towards a sustainable built environment, a pioneering embodied carbon calculator and a trailblazing climate leader receive a World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Chair’s Award.

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New WorldGBC case study report highlighting renovation best practice in Europe

Wed, 24th Jun 2020

WorldGBC launches new case study report highlighting renovation best practice across Europe and hosts panel session.

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Four businesses take bolder climate leadership, partnering with World Green Building Council

Tue, 16th Jun 2020

HeidelbergCement, SOM, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited and Ronald Lu & Partners partner with WorldGBC.

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WorldGBC Announces Jury for 2020 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards

Mon, 8th Jun 2020

The World Green Building Council is delighted to announce the jury for the 2020 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards.

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WorldGBC launches #ActOnClimate for World Green Building Week 2020

Fri, 5th Jun 2020

WorldGBC launches World Green Building Week 2020 under the theme #ActOnClimate which calls on the building sector, policymakers and governments to take urgent action to deliver net zero buildings.

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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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Sahab Municipality of Jordan joins two projects with WorldGBC

Wed, 3rd Jun 2020

Sahab Municipality partners with Jordan Green Building Council to join the Building Efficiency Accelerator and Plant a Sensor Campaign.

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MENA Green Building Congress 2020

Tue, 26th May 2020

The virtual MENA Green Building Congress 2020 will represent a great opportunity to share the latest green building trends regionally and internationally.

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The world has paused, but emissions have not

Tue, 19th May 2020

COVID-19 is set to decrease global carbon emissions by only 8%. It’s time to #BuildBackBetter

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Buildings and Energy: A brochure of the ÖGNI working group

Mon, 4th May 2020

This brochure offers decision-makers in the real estate and energy industries, as well as urban and municipal developers, a broad overview of the topics of decentralised energy generation and supply.

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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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Towards zero-carbon building

Mon, 27th Apr 2020

Cristina Gamboa, WorldGBC CEO, outlines why eliminating carbon from the building and construction sector by mid-century will require radical transformation for UNA-UK.

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Renovating buildings a step towards climate targets

Thu, 20th Feb 2020

Long-term renovation strategies (LTRS) are a requirement of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) for all member states.

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Korea Green Building Council rejoins WorldGBC as Established GBC

Wed, 5th Feb 2020

The Korea Green Building Council (Korea GBC) has rejoined the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) as an Established Green Building Council (GBC), the top tier of membership.

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How UKGBC is advancing net zero

Wed, 5th Feb 2020

WorldGBC’s global project Advancing Net Zero is pleased to present the latest snapshot detailing Green Building Council (GBC) action towards net zero carbon buildings: UKGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition.

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Spotlight on Deloitte

Tue, 4th Feb 2020

WorldGBC is delighted to present ‘1 New Street Square’, an exemplary new case study into buildings that display best practice approaches that enhance the health and wellbeing of their occupants. 

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Help us build a better future - apply to join our Board of Directors

Tue, 4th Feb 2020

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is looking for new Board Directors to help steer our global network towards green buildings for everyone everywhere.

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New guidance on building renovation in Europe

Mon, 3rd Feb 2020

Some 97% of Europe’s existing building stock is inefficient. Given that the buildings sector is responsible for approximately 36% CO2 emissions and 40% of energy consumption in Europe, there is great potential for energy and emissions reductions.

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WorldGBC joins United Nations Global Compact!

Tue, 28th Jan 2020

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is delighted to announce our participation as a member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).

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New partner for Americas Regional Network

Tue, 28th Jan 2020

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Americas Regional Network welcomes the Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE) as new partner.

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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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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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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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New Report Sets Out How Mortgage Lenders Can Protect Borrowers from the Financial Risks of Climate Change

Mon, 24th Sep 2018

Today, WorldGBC launched a new report setting out a vision for how mortgage lenders and borrowers can come together to help tackle climate change by improving millions of properties across Europe. The report calls on lenders, industry and government to grow a new mass market for energy efficient mortgages and make them available to every borrower on the continent.

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Leaders Commit to Save 209 Million Tonnes of Carbon Emissions Equivalent (Co2e) by 2050 at Launch of World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Thu, 13th Sep 2018

Today, the World Green Building Council officially launched its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment as part of the momentous Global Climate Action Summit, celebrating 38 founding signatories.

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Major European banks launch new green mortgage scheme

Thu, 14th Jun 2018

Today, the (WorldGBC) Europe network and 37 major European banks launched a new energy efficiency mortgage pilot scheme, marking a major signal from investors that green building is a key growth market for Europe.

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World Green Building Council Calls on Companies Across the World to Make their Buildings Net Zero Carbon

Wed, 6th Jun 2018

The World Green Building Council today opened their new Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment and called on market leaders in the building and construction sector to join as signatories.

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New report makes business case for building green with health and wellbeing features

Tue, 24th Apr 2018

New WorldGBC report highlights the tangible economic benefits of green building and showcases how occupant satisfaction imrpoves when companies implement green building features in existing green structures.

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World Green Building Council and China Green Building Council announce partnership to accelerate commitment to reduce carbon in the world's largest building market

Mon, 2nd Apr 2018

This partnership is hugely significant as China is the largest building construction market in the world, with up to 2 billion square meters constructed annually, accounting for nearly half of new construction globally in the coming decade.  

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New report shows green improvements in school buildings have positive impacts on student performance

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, a new report from WorldGBC presents.

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Energy Efficient Mortgages could play central role in Europe’s new sustainable finance strategy

Thu, 26th Oct 2017

Energy efficient mortgages could play a central role in Europe’s new strategy for sustainable finance, states a White Paper published today under the EU funded ‘Energy Efficient Mortgages Action Plan’ (EeMAP) Initiative.

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Every building on the planet must be ‘net zero carbon’ by 2050 to keep global warming below 2°C - New report

Wed, 31st May 2017

The building sector must operate at “net zero carbon” by 2050 if global warming is to remain under two degrees Celsius, the limit enshrined in the Paris Agreement, according to a new WorldGBC report.  

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Europe must curb emissions from buildings, urges coalition of 300 businesses - as Green Building Councils help governments to develop ambitious action plans for renovation

Wed, 26th Apr 2017

Europe must lead the world on cutting greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings if we are to meet the Paris Agreement, a coalition of 300 businesses and organisations urged today.

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Major businesses back global project to ensure all buildings are net zero emissions by 2050

Thu, 2nd Feb 2017

Three major global businesses have backed WorldGBC’s ambitious long-term target to ensure that all buildings are net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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Wake up, air ranger! How citizens can catalyse government action on air pollution

Wed, 12th Jun 2019

Dutch Green Building Council's Jan Kadijk outlines how citizen 'air rangers' can take action on air pollution by measuring their local air quality, prompting governments to enact policies to tackle air quality - and the opportunity this presents for Green Building Councils.

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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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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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“Be a bold leader and keep fighting the good fight” - Romilly Madew's farewell message for green building movement

Fri, 12th Apr 2019

This month, long-standing CEO of the Green Building Council Australia Romilly Madew steps down to lead Infrastructure Australia. Here the global green building thought leader leaves some final thoughts and advice for our community.

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A New Focus for Urban Green: Global Climate Solutions

Thu, 4th Apr 2019

Following the announcement of WorldGBC Americas new partnership with Urban Green Council to accelerate climate action in cities, Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck explains the importance of this partnership in transforming New York City's built environment towards sustainability and the example NYC can set globally.

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World Water Day: Every drop counts in a region where water is the most precious natural resource

Fri, 22nd Mar 2019

To mark World Water Day, Emirates GBC shares insights on what water means to the UAE, an arid and desert climate, and how the country and the green building industry are taking steps to conserve this precious resource.

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#BalanceforBetter - a reminder this International Women's Day why we need gender equality to save the planet

Fri, 8th Mar 2019

In celebration of IWD2019, WorldGBC showcases seven of the many incredible women from our green building movement who are dedicating their expertise, passion and bravery to create a better world for all, offer real hope for the future and explain why gender equality has to be part of the solution.

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Constructing a greener world can't happen without women

Fri, 8th Mar 2019

Despite construction still being a male-dominated industry, more than 50% of the CEOs running Green Building Councils are women, WorldGBC CEO Cristina tells the Thomson Reuters Foundation on International Women's Day 2019.

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The Climate Change Challenge: How can the industry help achieve a built environment fit for the future?

Wed, 6th Mar 2019

Ahead of Futurebuild 2019, WorldGBC CEO Cristina Gamboa highlights examples of leadership action to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and construction.

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5 reasons to attend MENA Green Building Congress 2019

Mon, 11th Feb 2019

WorldGBC’s MENA Green Building Congress 2019 will bring together government, business, city and civil society leaders to exchange ideas on best practice for green buildings to address the region’s environmental, economic and social challenges. Here's 5 reasons why this exclusive event is not to be missed.

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“Collaboration is the new innovation” – a powerful idea for the green building movement

Wed, 23rd Jan 2019

With collaboration increasingly cited as the new innovation, WorldGBC’s Matt Adams explores the notion behind this statement, and the opportunity it presents for decarbonising our built environment.

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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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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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Global Status Report 2016

Thu, 10th Nov 2016

The first Global Status Report tracks the progress made in the transition towards low-emission and resilient real estate made by the GABC and its members. 

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Building the Business Case: Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Green Offices

Tue, 25th Oct 2016

Employers, building owners, designers, developers, and investors throughout the world are learning that office design affects the health and wellbeing of occupants in many ways...

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WorldGBC Asia Pacific leadership in Green Building Awards 2016

Wed, 5th Oct 2016

The Asia Pacifc Leadership in Green Building Awards celebrate the iconic green buildings, up-and-coming innovators and inspiring companies driving change and creating a better future throughout the region.

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The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016

Wed, 14th Sep 2016

The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016 provides perspectives of U.S. building owners, architects, interior designers and contractors about building healthier buildings

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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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