press

European building sector leaders urge EU to prioritise decarbonising the built environment

Thu, 10th Jun 2021

WorldGBC has convened a coalition of construction sector leaders to call on the European Commission to support the full decarbonisation of the built environment through ambitious policies.

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WorldGBC details built environment progress to achieving net zero in latest report

Thu, 10th Jun 2021

WorldGBC releases the 2021 Advancing Net Zero Status Report, packed with net zero myth busting and stories of industry action towards decarbonising the built environment.

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PLGBC presents a Whole Life Carbon Roadmap for Poland

Wed, 9th Jun 2021

Polish Green Building Council (PLGBC) in cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has developed a report: How to Decarbonise the Built Environment by 2050: Whole Life Carbon Roadmap for Poland.

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thought leadership

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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thought leadership

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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press

WorldGBC invites building and construction sector to mark one week of #BuildingResilience ahead of COP26

Thu, 27th May 2021

In celebration of World Environment Day (5 June), the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) announces its 12th annual World Green Building Week event, taking place on 20-24 September 2021. 

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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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thought leadership

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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news

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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press

24 European cities join drive to renovate buildings and deliver on climate objectives

Mon, 10th May 2021

WorldGBC’s Europe Regional Network announces that 24 cities across Europe, including the capital cities Madrid, Rome and Zagreb have joined the European Union (EU)-funded BUILD UPON2 project.

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Chile Green Building Council achieves Established GBC Status

Mon, 6th Jul 2020

The Chile Green Building Council has achieved Established Green Building Council status, the top tier of the WorldGBC membership.

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New green building leaders join WorldGBC's Board of Directors

Wed, 1st Jul 2020

World Green Building Council announces its new Board of Directors. A new Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary of the Board have been appointed.

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news

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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news

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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news

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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Air Quality in the Built Environment - Live Webinar Series

Thu, 16th Apr 2020

In celebration of 50 years of Earth Day, and in partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition and Earth Day Network, the World Green Building Council is pleased to present a live webinar series: Air Quality in the Built Environment.

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news

Nominations now open for WorldGBC Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards 2020

Mon, 6th Apr 2020

WorldGBC has opened nominations for its prestigious WorldGBC Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards 2020. The awards celebrate buildings pushing the envelope in sustainability, inspiring companies that have integrated sustainability into the core of their operations, and women leadership in the green building space.

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news

WorldGBC announces film series to be produced by BBC StoryWorks

Tue, 31st Mar 2020

The World Green Building Council is delighted to announce that BBC StoryWorks will be producing a landmark film series on sustainable buildings and construction, launching later this year.

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news

WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment surpasses 80 signatories

Wed, 11th Mar 2020

WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment surpasses 80 signatories. As we enter a decade of climate action, WorldGBC is proud to announce three new signatories, Keva, Avison Young UK and Lemay who have joined the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

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Kingspan backs international project to ensure all buildings are net zero emissions by 2050

Mon, 9th Mar 2020

Kingspan, a global leader in solutions for high performance, low carbon buildings, has announced its support of the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) ambitious campaign to ensure that all buildings are net zero carbon emissions by 2050

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Coalition call on EU for ambitious circular construction plans to meet new Climate Law

Fri, 6th Mar 2020

World Green Building Council and a coalition of over 60 organisations across the buildings and construction sector signed an open letter calling on the European Commission to deliver bold new circular economy policy.

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press

Latest World Green Building Trends: Nearly Half of Survey Respondents Expect to Make 60% of their Projects Green in Next 3 Years

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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Colombia and Mexico set to boost Green Buildings with P4G Award for Cities Climate Action Project supported by the Building Efficiency Accelerator

Sat, 20th Oct 2018

Buildings in Colombia and Mexico may get a green makeover thanks to expanded support for energy efficiency programs after winning a $600,000 award that transitions buildings at scale to save energy and prepare cities for a net zero future announced today at the Copenhagen P4G Summit.

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Bogotá Doubles Down on Efficiency Efforts With Support From Building Efficiency Accelerator

Wed, 3rd Oct 2018

Today, Bogotá, Colombia announced a new policy for more energy-efficient construction that is expected to reduce energy and water use in new buildings by 20 percent and 30 percent, respectively, when fully implemented, as part of a new phase of the Building Efficiency Accelerator initiative.

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press

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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press

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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press

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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press

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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press

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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blog

Safe air in a post-COVID built environment

Tue, 11th Aug 2020

Insights on how the built environment can prevent the spread of COVID-19 without costing the climate

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blog

Discovering a green building oasis in the heart of the desert

Tue, 7th Jul 2020

Exploring Egypt’s momentum for a more sustainable built environment: a blog by Mohammad Asfour, Head of MENA and Africa Regional Networks, WorldGBC.

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blog

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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blog

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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blog

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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blog

Catalysts of Urban Change Post Coronavirus

Mon, 6th Apr 2020

Many choose the place they live based on the proximity to where they work, balancing affordability with lifestyle choices. If, following the COVID-19 crisis, people are going to work much more from home, what does this mean for cities?

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blog

The contribution of green buildings in the fight against COVID-19

Mon, 23rd Mar 2020

December 2019 saw an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which has now spread widely around the world. Prevention and control are key elements when facing major public health emergencies.

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blog

Improving Air Quality in High Density Cities

Wed, 4th Mar 2020

People living in high-density cities suffer from exposure to poor air quality and impacts on short and long-term human health continues to be a major concern.

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blog

Clean air, fresh ideas

Tue, 3rd Mar 2020

This week, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), alongside its global network of member Green Building Councils and partners announce the official launch of the ‘Plant a Sensor’ air quality monitoring campaign.

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blog

Bringing embodied carbon upfront – spotlight on clean construction

Thu, 6th Feb 2020

In a warming world with increasing urbanization and a growing energy demand for air conditioning, Cooling as a Service is set to be a solution to scale up efficient and clean cooling systems in buildings.

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blog

WorldGBC and BASE join forces to enhance sustainable cooling in buildings

Tue, 28th Jan 2020

In a warming world with increasing urbanization and a growing energy demand for air conditioning, Cooling as a Service is set to be a solution to scale up efficient and clean cooling systems in buildings.

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blog

The Hero for Net Zero in UAE? The Emirates Green Building Council

Tue, 12th Nov 2019

How is the building and construction sector in the UAE moving towards net zero? WorldGBC's MENA Regional Head Mohammad Asfour outlines the initiatives EmiratesGBC is undertaking to enable the nation to transition to a net zero carbon built environment.

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publication

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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publication

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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publication

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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publication

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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publication

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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publication

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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publication

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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publication

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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publication

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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publication

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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publication

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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publication

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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Media

press

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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