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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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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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Welcome to World Green Building Week 2018!

Mon, 24th Sep 2018

It’s here! The 9th annual World Green Building Week starts today! Find out how you too can join the thousands of climate action advocates and our network of Green Building Councils and Partners promoting action on this year’s theme of green homes. 

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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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Sustainable Communities: Leading the way to Net Zero Living - Register for the Webinars!

Fri, 21st Sep 2018

This World Green Building Week, join WorldGBC and exclusive guests for two webinars on Sustainable Communities: Leading the way to Net Zero Living, as part of WorldGBC's #HomeGreenHome and #AdvancingNetZero campaigns.

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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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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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Businesses, Cities, States and Regions Step up Climate Ambition and Commit to Net Zero Carbon Buildings at Global Climate Action Summit

Thu, 13th Sep 2018

The World Green Building Council launches its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment at the momentous Global Climate Action Summit, celebrating 38 founding signatories.

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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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New report outlines trajectory for London to become a Zero Carbon city

Fri, 16th Feb 2018

London can become a Zero Carbon city - but only if it follows key recommendations set out in a new follow-up report by the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI).

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New study shows strong demand for energy efficient mortgages

Thu, 15th Feb 2018

A new study by WorldGBC ERN Partner E.ON shows there is strong demand in Europe for ‘energy efficient mortgages’ as an affordable financial solution for consumers considering an energy efficiency make-over for their home.

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Pioneering banks prepare to pilot energy efficiency mortgages across Europe

Mon, 12th Feb 2018

Ground-breaking new proposals for a European ‘energy efficiency mortgage’ scheme were launched by the EU-funded ‘EeMAP’ initiative, which pioneering banks and buildings experts are preparing to pilot across Europe.

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WorldGBC’s BUILD UPON helps put renovation at heart of new EU energy policy

Tue, 6th Feb 2018

WorldGBC's BUILD UPON project scored a major win last week when Europe committed to put national renovation strategies at the heart of efforts to tackle climate change – a key recommendation from the project.

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Build a better future with us – nominations for new WorldGBC Board members now open

Thu, 1st Feb 2018

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.

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WorldGBC launches Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards for 2018

Wed, 31st Jan 2018

The World Green Building Council has today officially opened nominations for its prestigious Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards 2018.

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Deadline extended for 2018 MENA Green Building Awards

Tue, 30th Jan 2018

Emirates Green Building Council has extended the deadline for submissions for its annual MENA Green Building Awards 2018 until Thursday 15 February 2018

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AkzoNobel unveils plans to build Europe's largest green hydrogen plant

Tue, 23rd Jan 2018

AkzoNobel, the global paints and coating firm and WorldGBC Partner, has unveiled plans to build Europe’s largest green hydrogen production plant in a bid to cut global CO2 emissions.

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Registration for Building Lasting Change with WorldGBC Congress Canada now open!

Fri, 19th Jan 2018

We’re delighted to announce that registration for Building Lasting Change with WorldGBC Congress Canada - which takes place in Toronto, from 3 to 7 June 2018 - is now open.

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Links between sustainability & business value identified in new UKGBC report

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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EU considering changes to banking rules to reward consumers for choosing greener buildings

Fri, 5th Jan 2018

Efforts to cut emissions from Europe’s building stock received a boost as the European Commission said it was considering lowering capital requirements for banks to help reward consumers investing in energy efficient buildings.

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ROCKWOOL becomes Regional Partner of WorldGBC’s Americas Regional Network

Fri, 22nd Dec 2017

ROCKWOOL, the world’s largest producer of stone wool insulation has become a Regional Partner of the World Green Building Council’s Americas Network.

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Meet the women who are establishing green leadership in the Middle East & North Africa

Thu, 8th Mar 2018

This International Women's Day 2018, WorldGBC is celebrating the women establishing green building leadership in the MENA region, challenging gender inequality in their countries while addressing the equally pressing issue of climate change.

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Make Us Greener: A Sustainable Relocation Collaboration

Thu, 1st Mar 2018

Roberto Forte blogs about how Panama GBC's green office renovation collaboration project has helped improve the building's energy efficiency, reduce operating costs and improve occupants' health and wellbeing.

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Climate action: Innovations from states and regions boosting energy efficiency in buildings

Mon, 26th Feb 2018

Leah Good from The Climate Group's Energy Transition Platform outlines the steps regional governments are taking across the world to drive down emissions in the buildings sector.

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12 stats on green building in 2017 you should know: CEOs give their global views

Wed, 7th Feb 2018

As a final installment to our interviews with GBCs' CEOs, we asked them to share with us a statistic that showed off just how much impact they have made in their countries in 2017. We’re amazed at what they've achieved…

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What it takes to be a green building leader on the WorldGBC Board

Thu, 1st Feb 2018

As WorldGBC opens nominations for its Board of Directors, current Chair Tai Lee Siang and Vice-Chair Lisa Bate reveal what drives their own enthusiasm for green building and the attributes behind a great Board member.

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We interviewed 17 CEOs committed to green building on the biggest accomplishments of 2017

Mon, 29th Jan 2018

What are our Established Green Building Council CEOs' proudest accomplishments from 2017? Following on the heels of our recent blog post on their ambitions for the future, we present you their answers...

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An unexpected journey: The rise of net zero carbon buildings in the MENA region

Thu, 25th Jan 2018

Our Advancing Net Zero Project Manager Kate Victoria Burrows visited Jordan this month and was delighted to see how the country is already realising the potential for low carbon operations.

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A view from the top: CEOs share their bold green building ambitions for 2018

Tue, 23rd Jan 2018

We recently asked CEOs from our Established Green Building Councils (GBCs) around the world to share with us their ambitions for 2018. We’re excited to share some of their answers!

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Notes from the Network: Exploring pathways towards greater green building impact in Asia Pacific

Mon, 22nd Jan 2018

French president Emmanuel Macron recently pointed out “We’re not moving quick enough. We all need to act.”. He’s right. We need to hasten the pace, and where better to appreciate this than in Manila, a city that never sleeps?

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I'm dreaming of... a net zero future

Thu, 21st Dec 2017

WorldGBC's Advancing Net Zero Project Manager Victoria Kate Burrows reflects on how 2017 has been a phenomenal year for raising awareness around the urgent need for net zero carbon buildings, and the enormity of the challenge ahead.

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The nexus of green buildings, global health & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Tue, 5th Dec 2017

In the final of our Better Places for People blog series, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health's Joseph Allen and Augusta Williams discuss the role green buildings must play in promoting public health and sustainable development.

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Looking back on Bonn: DGNB at COP23

Tue, 28th Nov 2017

Henny Radicke reflects on DGNB's active role at the recent COP23 in Bonn, Germany in their mission to highlight the crucial role green buildings occupy on the global sustainability agenda.

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A New Era in Building Partnerships

Wed, 18th Sep 2013

A New Era in Building Partnerships examines new forms of collaboration between NGOs, the public sector and industry which are helping to build better public policy and tools for a sustainable built environment.

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The Business Case for Green Building: A Review of the Costs and Benefits for Developers, Investors and Occupants

Wed, 6th Mar 2013

The Business Case for Green Building examines whether or not it’s possible to attach a financial value to the cost and benefits of green buildings.

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World Green Building Trends

Thu, 28th Feb 2013

This report finds that as sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives take hold around the world, firms are finding business value and opportunities from green building.

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