press

WorldGBC spotlights change makers advancing net zero built environments in line with Paris Agreement goals

Mon, 4th Jul 2022

The 2022 Advancing Net Zero Status Report showcases leadership action from the global Green Building Council network, signatories from the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (the Commitment). In addition, the report also highlights radical collaborative efforts from the market that support the WorldGBC’s mission to achieve 100% net zero carbon buildings by 2050.

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Welcome to the network: Cambodia Green Building Council joins WorldGBC as Prospective members

Tue, 14th Jun 2022

The Cambodia Green Building Council (CamGBC) is the latest addition to our global network. Beginning their journey as Prospective members, they bring green building practices to the Asia Pacific region, which is home to 60% of the world’s population, with more than 2 billion living in urban areas. 

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This World Green Building Week, we're #BuildingforEveryone

Wed, 1st Jun 2022

Recent global shocks have taught us the importance of community and the consequences of human impact on the world we live in. 

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Seven companies join the WorldGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Wed, 25th May 2022

WorldGBC announces seven companies as signatories to its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment whole life carbon requirements including major multinational and Advancing Net Zero programme partner, Schneider Electric and Germany’s leading bank, Deutsche Bank.

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Construction leaders from across Europe launch EU Policy Roadmap towards climate neutral buildings and construction by 2050

Mon, 23rd May 2022

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has today (24 May 2022) launched a bold new policy plan for the European Union to accelerate progress on decarbonising buildings and construction, one of the most heavily emitting sectors in the world.

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EU Policy Whole Life Carbon Roadmap for buildings

Mon, 23rd May 2022

The EU Policy Whole Life Carbon Roadmap for buildings as part of the #BuildingLife project.

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thought leadership

REPowerEU: WorldGBC’s reaction

Thu, 19th May 2022

WorldGBC's reaction to ‘REPowerEU’, an action plan prepared in the wake of Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine that aims to bolster the EU’s energy security and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.

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news

Malaysia Green Building Council is advancing the built environment to 100% net zero carbon by 2050

Mon, 16th May 2022

Malaysia Green Building Council (MalaysiaGBC) has officially joined World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC’s) global climate action programme, Advancing Net Zero, bringing the total number of participating councils to 30.

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WorldGBC launches Circularity Accelerator - a groundbreaking global programme to advance circular and regenerative built environments

Fri, 13th May 2022

World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and its network of over 70 Green Building Councils are #BuildingtoCOP27 by launching Circularity Accelerator — a global programme to accelerate the adoption of circular economy and resource efficiency principles in the building and construction sector. 
 

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Reconnect to the power of our global network: WorldGBC+20: Leadership Summit for Sustainable Built Environments

Thu, 5th May 2022

To mark 20 years of WorldGBC, we’re hosting WorldGBC+20: Leadership Summit for Sustainable Built Environments on 27 June to 1 July in London.

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thought leadership

Why Europe’s buildings can play a critical role in addressing the ongoing energy crisis

Wed, 20th Apr 2022

Stephen Richardson on why Europe’s buildings can play a critical role in addressing the ongoing energy crisis.

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news

WorldGBC announces jury for 2022 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards

Wed, 13th Apr 2022

The Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards are now open – and a prestigious jury representing the sector has been announced.

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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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Welcome to the network: Vietnam Green Building Council rejoins WorldGBC

Thu, 30th Sep 2021

WorldGBC is proud to welcome back Vietnam Green Building Council (VGBC), which has rejoined the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) as a Prospective member.

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news

#BuildingToCOP26 Coalition accelerates climate action ahead of Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day at COP26

Tue, 7th Sep 2021

Following the sobering message from the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, a coalition led by C40, the Global Alliance for Building and Construction (GlobalABC), The Resilience Shift, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) announce #BuildingToCOP26 — a partnership to promote radical collaboration for climate action ahead of the Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day at COP26. 

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Welcome to the network: Green Building Council Russia joins WorldGBC

Wed, 1st Sep 2021

Our global network continues to expand and we are thrilled to welcome back Green Building Council Russia (GBC Russia), which has rejoined the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) as a Prospective member.

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WorldGBC launches consultation on EU Policy Whole Life Carbon Roadmap

Mon, 16th Aug 2021

The World Green Building Council has launched a consultation on an EU Policy Roadmap for tackling Whole Life Carbon in buildings that has been developed as part of the #BuildingLife project.

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Call for case studies: WorldGBC’s groundbreaking Beyond the Business Case Report

Tue, 3rd Aug 2021

We invite our global network and wider industry to send us your case studies of sustainable buildings and developments to feature in the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) flagship publication, Beyond the Business Case Report.

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news

Explore the proposals of the newly launched EU Taxonomy Consultation

Fri, 30th Jul 2021

In the latest of our free #BuildingLife webinar series, we will delve into the subject of the EU Taxonomy. The event will be jointly hosted with FIEC, the European Construction Industry Federation.

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#RaceToZero highlights unique position of the construction industry to drive net zero breakthrough

Thu, 8th Jul 2021

The Race to Zero is the UNFCCC’s global campaign, rallying leadership across all sectors to support a zero carbon recovery, as well as building momentum to a decarbonised economy ahead of COP26. In the latest video instalment, there is a clear call to construction companies to showcase action and drive ambition to bring together other stakeholders from across the value chain.

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

Wed, 30th Jun 2021

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) welcomes two new additions to its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment: Hilson Moran and Rest Direct Property Holding Trust.

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Meet the new sustainable building leaders on our Board of Directors and Regional Chairs

Wed, 30th Jun 2021

On 1 July 2021, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) was proud to announce the newly elected members and officers of the Board of Directors and Regional Chairs, as well as the new Chair and Vice Chairs of our Corporate Advisory Board. 

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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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press

11th Annual World Green Building Week Sparks Over 200 Events Across 40 Countries

Mon, 21st Sep 2020

11th Annual World Green Building Week (21–25 Sept.) Sparks Over 214 Events Across 40 Countries with 415 Hours of Content to Combat Climate Change.

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New strategy tackles the climate emergency in a post-COVID built environment

Tue, 1st Sep 2020

WorldGBC network launches Sustainable Buildings for Everyone, Everywhere — a new strategy to tackle the climate emergency, health and wellbeing, and resource efficiency issues in the built environment.

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100 businesses, organisations and governments from across the globe commit to net zero carbon buildings

Wed, 19th Aug 2020

World Green Building Council celebrates doubling the number of signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment from 50 to 100 in just over one year.

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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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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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blog

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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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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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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blog

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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blog

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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blog

We can embed social value within the entire lifecycle of a build

Fri, 22nd Oct 2021

A reflection from WorldGBC’s #BetterPlacesForPeople webinar (7 July 2021) on the complex issues of social value in the built environment  - by Sara Kawamura, Better Places for People Project Officer, World Green Building Council.

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Pioneering the first net zero sustainable development in the Philippines

Mon, 18th Oct 2021

Arthaland Corporation (Philippines) won the Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance Award (2020 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards) for their multi-certified project, the Arthaland Century Pacific Tower, a flagship office development of Arthaland Corporation in the Philippines.

In this blog, Oliver Chan, Senior Vice-President, shares the story behind the first certified net zero development in the Philippines.

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Pakistan's another step towards the decarbonisation of its built environment and its socio-economic impact

Thu, 30th Sep 2021

Pakistan GBC supports national brick kilns initiative to convert dated practices to new green technology that will accelerate positive environmental and socioeconomic impacts. 

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blog

Climate action and humanity’s ‘code red’

Thu, 23rd 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 Knauf Insulation, this blog looks at how European policy can stimulate the necessary acceleration and depth of building renovation to achieve climate targets.

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Sustainable construction in the face of climate change

Wed, 22nd 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 BASF, this blog investigates solutions for the construction sector to help withstand future disasters.

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How the real estate sector can promote ecosystem collaboration

Wed, 22nd 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 Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer at City Developments Limited (CDL) and Vice Chair of the World Green Building Council Corporate Advisory Board (CAB), this blog reviews how the real estate sector can promote ecosystem collaboration.

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Building with a conscience: stewardship & stakeholder engagement

Wed, 22nd 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 Edo Rem, Director Marketing Forbo Flooring Systems and member of the World Green Building Council Corporate Advisory Board, this blog explores integrity and stewardship in action.

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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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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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publication

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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publication

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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publication

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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publication

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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publication

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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Media

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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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