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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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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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“Time running out” to curb energy use in buildings & construction to meet Paris climate goals

Mon, 11th Dec 2017

Time is running out to reduce the buildings and construction sector’s energy use and keep the Paris Agreement on track, according to a new report published today.

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WorldGBC announces new Chair & Vice Chair of Corporate Advisory Board

Thu, 7th Dec 2017

Emmanuel Normant, Vice-President, Sustainable Development at Saint-Gobain, has been appointed the new Chair of the CAB, and Ibrahim Al-Zu'bi, Head of Sustainability at Majid Al Futtaim, has become the Vice Chair.

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WorldGBC sets out achievements in Annual Report 2016/17

Wed, 6th Dec 2017

The World Green Building Council has today set out its achievements and those of its global network of Green Building Councils in its Annual Report 2016/17.

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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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Building a better Bogotá

Thu, 9th Nov 2017

Bogotá is the biggest city in Colombia and it’s growing fast. Colombia Green Building Council explains how it is rising to the challenges associated with this growth through the BEA programme. 

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Building for body clocks: How human-centric lighting can improve people’s wellbeing & performance

Wed, 8th Nov 2017

In the latest in our Better Places for People blog series, Harry Verhaar of Philips Lighting looks at the need to focus not on daylighting or artificial lighting, but on “human-centric” lighting.

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Voices of efficiency: Dubai's quest to improve energy performance starts with benchmarking

Fri, 3rd Nov 2017

As part of the Building Efficiency Accelerator project, Emirates Green Building Council discuss Dubai's benchmarking project as part of a proposed policy to improve energy performance labels for existing buildings.

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Recognising rights and dignity: Green, affordable homes in Jordan

Mon, 30th Oct 2017

Jordan faces big challenges when it comes to natural resources - exacerbated by the refugee crisis in neighbouring Syria. Jordan GBC explains how its Green Affordable Homes project is providing a solution.

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Charting a course towards carbon neutral portfolios

Wed, 25th Oct 2017

What does a carbon neutral building or precinct look like? For years, we had no definitive answer. But now we do, writes Romilly Madew, CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia.

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How green building is facilitating rapid sustainable growth in Africa

Tue, 24th Oct 2017

In this blog written for GBCSA's 10 year anniversary book, WorldGBC's Dominika Czerwinska discusses how green building is helping facilitate rapid economic, environmental and social growth across Africa.

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Wellbeing: Quality not quantity

Wed, 18th Oct 2017

In the latest in our Better Places for People blog series, Henry Pelly at Max Fordham discusses how designers need to think about optimising intangible and qualitatively measured wellbeing objectives.

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Air quality in green buildings: Re-imagining the balance between ventilation & carbon emissions

Wed, 11th Oct 2017

Our blog series on the tensions and compatibilities between reducing carbon emissions and improving health and wellbeing in buildings continues with Jenn McArthur from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

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My passage to India: Green Building Councils unite in Jaipur

Tue, 10th Oct 2017

Following a trip to Jaipur for WorldGBC's annual Members' Day and AGM, Georgina Eldridge, our Marketing and Communications Officer, talks about how India is inspiring green building.

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Championing our cause – The winners of WorldGBC’s Global Awards 2017

Thu, 5th Oct 2017

WorldGBC Chairman Tai Lee Siang writes about why he chose the winners of this year's Chairman's Award and the David Gottfried Global Green Building Entrepreneurship Award.

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