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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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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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Starting a 'Renovation Wave'

Tue, 14th Apr 2020

Europe has seized its ‘man on the moon’ moment, inspiring the seemingly impossible to become possible. In setting out a bold vision to become the first climate neutral continent, the EU is looking to inspire a global ‘space race’ to net zero emissions.

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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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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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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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thought leadership

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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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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thought leadership

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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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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WorldGBC announces newly elected Chair and Vice Chairs of its Corporate Advisory Board

Mon, 1st Jul 2019

Today WorldGBC has announced the newly elected Chair and Vice Chair of its Corporate Advisory Board.

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Hungary Green Building Council progresses to Established Member of WorldGBC

Fri, 28th Jun 2019

The World Green Building Council is delighted to announce that Hungary Green Building Council has progressed to Established GBC status within the WorldGBC membership tier. 

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China GBC starts delivering on net zero

Fri, 28th Jun 2019

After a first successful year of being part of the WorldGBC global network, China Green Building Council has been actively engaged in a range of initiatives to support our collective mission for green buildings for everyone, everywhere.

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WorldGBC Europe publishes advocacy manifesto urging decision makers to recognise vital role of built environment sector in delivering a climate neutral Europe

Thu, 27th Jun 2019

Over 20 countries from WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network have published a manifesto, A Sustainable Built Environment at the Heart of Europe’s Future urging decision makers to recognise the vital role that the built environment sector plays in delivering a climate neutral Europe. 

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Brandix becomes first Sri Lankan business to join Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Wed, 5th Jun 2019

Today, on World Environment Day, 5 June, WorldGBC is proud to announce that Brandix has joined the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. Brandix is both the first Sri Lankan company and first apparel manufacturer to sign up. 

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WorldGBC launches #BuildingLife resources for World Green Building Week 2019

Wed, 5th Jun 2019

WorldGBC has launched the resources for World Green Building Week 2019 under the theme #BuildingLife which focuses on reducing carbon emissions from all stages of a building’s lifecycle. The resources will help Green Building Councils, their members, and Partners prepare for the week.

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WorldGBC CEO news

Tue, 4th Jun 2019

The World Green Building Council CEO Terri Wills, who is currently on maternity leave, will step down from her role in July 2019, while interim CEO Cristina Gamboa will continue as permanent CEO.

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Americas Green Building Councils scale up green building transformation in cities

Fri, 31st May 2019

Earlier this month in Costa Rica, WorldGBC's Americas Regional Network held the inaugural Regional Workshop 2019: Building Energy Efficiency and Net Zero Roadmaps for Cities - here's a summary on how our GBCs are scaling up sustainable transformation in the Americas.

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UN-Habitat, WorldGBC and Chatham House join forces to develop a regional agenda for sustainable recovery, regeneration and reconstruction for the Arab region

Thu, 30th May 2019

The MoU will lay the groundwork for a regional agenda for sustainable recovery, regeneration and reconstruction in which the rebuilt environment contributes to healthy, resource secure and climate resilient societies.

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The Cities Climate Action Project takes a leading position in Latin America

Fri, 17th May 2019

The WorldGBC Americas Regional Network has taken the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) to more cities and countries in the Americas. New signatories for the program include Belen in Costa Rica, Guatemala City in Guatemala, the State of Campeche in Mexico, and Cali and Monteria in Colombia.

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Applications now open for 2019 MENA Green Building Awards

Thu, 16th May 2019

Emirates Green Building Council has opened applications for its annual MENA Green Building Awards. The application window will run from 1 May – 27 July 2019. This year, the awards include a new category for Zero Building/Zero Building Design of the Year.

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World Green Building Council welcomes Surbana Jurong to Corporate Advisory Board

Thu, 16th May 2019

The Surbana Jurong Group has joined WorldGBC's Corporate Advisory Board for 2019. The Corporate Advisory Board is 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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blog

How to Make Money from Climate-Proofing Your Property

Thu, 27th Sep 2018

In this exclusive blog for World Green Building Week 2018, WorldGBC's James Drinkwater and Judit Kimpian of the Architects Council of Europe explain how ‘green mortgages’ and value adding extensions could be a winning combination.

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Home Green Home – The pathway to transform Brazil’s residential sector

Thu, 27th Sep 2018

With green building increasingly recognised as the best business option in the Brazilian real estate market, GBC Brasil CEO Felipe Faria explains how this market trend led to the creation of GBC CASA & CONDOMÍNIO, a certification rating tool for the residential sector.

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The Global Push for Net Zero Buildings and Homes

Thu, 27th Sep 2018

Reducing the energy consumption of our buildings isn’t just a policy issue for governments – it’s a change we’re all empowered to make. Our homes are where we sleep, eat and build our lives, so it makes sense that they’re also the first place most of us can have our biggest impact, says WorldGBC's Angela Howarth.

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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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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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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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Channelling Gender Parity in the Building & Construction Industry

Fri, 24th Aug 2018

In our latest blog in the series for Women's eNews, WorldGBC Chair Lisa Bate explains why gender diversity must be a priority for the building and construction industry in the face of climate change, and why, as the first female Chair of WorldGBC, she is committed to fostering the next generation of women leaders in green building.

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How green building can curb youth unemployment and boost green economic growth in Africa

Tue, 21st Aug 2018

As Africa grapples with its burgeoning youth population and the need for sustained, inclusive and decent employment, Jane Afrane explains how green building is a conduit for job creation.

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Workplace transformation: How Polish GBC is inspiring a nation of green & healthy offices

Thu, 9th Aug 2018

Polish GBC’s latest research proves the indisputable link between buildings and their users’ health, productivity and wellbeing, helping strengthen the business case for green and healthy offices - and Poland is now listening, blogs Alicja Kuczera.

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Socio-Economic Framework for Rating Tools

Wed, 16th Oct 2013

This framework identifies key socio-economic priorities that can be addressed through the design and construction of individual buildings in the public or private sector.

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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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WorldGBC snapshots detail net zero carbon standards developed by Green Building Councils

Thu, 1st Jan 1970

Download snapshots detailing the key information about the six net zero carbon standards released so far by Green Building Councils participating in the global Advancing Net Zero project

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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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