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Australia steps up to the challenge to decarbonise

Mon, 11th Nov 2019

When WorldGBC released its call to action on embodied carbon in September 2019, Australia’s leading organisations didn’t hesitate to endorse it. Twenty members of the Green Building Council of Australia backed the drastic action for the building and construction sector immediately. Find out how GBCA is driving momentum to recognise the importance of upfront and embodied carbon.

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Google joins global industry leaders to serve on the World Green Building Council’s Corporate Advisory Board

Mon, 4th Nov 2019

American multinational technology company Google has joined WorldGBC's Corporate Advisory Board, 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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ÖGNI Position Paper: Social Sustainability

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

In cooperation with an expert group, the ÖGNI (Austrian Sustainable Building Council) has defined standards for measuring the social sustainability of buildings and identifies three focal points: Holistic view of the neighborhood, operation of buildings and flexibility.

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ÖGNI Position Paper: Benchmarks in Operation

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

The ÖGNI Position Paper: Benchmarks in Operation outlines how sustainability can only be achieved through sensible, efficient building operation; and proves that sustainability and efficient operation go hand in hand.

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ÖGNI Position Paper: Smart Cities

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

Although the term "Smart City" is widely used, a clear definition is still missing. This ÖGNI position paper aims to clarify ÖGNI's position on Smart Cities, make the term Smart Cities more specific for urban development stakeholders, support and guide urban developers in their attempts to implement the Smart City concept and develop a basis for the certification of Smart Cities.

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WorldGBC receives an award for leading industry change

Wed, 23rd Oct 2019

WorldGBC was presented with the Barcelona Meeting Point (BM) Mediterranean Award at the Mediterranean Real Estate Forum international conference for its invaluable mission leading the transformation of the construction industry to create a healthier and more sustainable environment.

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EmiratesGBC honours winners of the 2019 MENA Green Building Awards

Thu, 17th Oct 2019

The annual Awards honour excellence in green building initiatives in 16 categories including newly introduced 'Zero Building of the Year’ for advancing net zero energy in built environments. See the full list of winners here.

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Built environment stakeholders recommend integration of whole life carbon criteria into European policy

Tue, 8th Oct 2019

Today a coalition of over 30 organisations working in the buildings and construction sector have signed an open letter to the European Commission outlining their view on the transformative potential that the Level(s) framework can play in mainstreaming sustainable buildings and deliver on key European environmental, economic and social goals.

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It’s not that easy being green

Tue, 1st Oct 2019

WorldGBC takes a closer look at the iconic building 'Bosco Verticale' in Milan, Italy to explore the benefits of its sustainability features and how it dealt with the challenge of considering whole lifecycle emissions, both operational and embodied; the trade-offs and co-benefits, and lessons for future projects.

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Will a common vision for the global building sector make the world more sustainable?

Thu, 26th Sep 2019

A roadmap for the building and construction sector in Norway to achieve a common vision of zero emissions and a full circular economy in 2050 has sparked action to address both operational and embodied carbon emissions from buildings.

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Podcast - Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront in Asia Pacific

Thu, 26th Sep 2019

To celebrate World Green Building Week 2019 and the launch of WorldGBC's report Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront, AkzoNobel and WorldGBC have collaborated to produce this two-part video podcast offering a wholesome Asia Pacific and full value chain perspective on addressing embodied carbon.

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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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EmiratesGBC wins Dubai Quality Award for excellence in creating value for its members

Tue, 2nd Apr 2019

The Emirates Green Building Council has been chosen as the winner in the Representative Entity category of the Dubai Quality Appreciation Award at the 25th Business Excellence Awards for its noteworthy role in engaging, offering benefits and creating value for its members.

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

Tue, 26th Mar 2019

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. Apply by 30 April 2019.

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Become a Regional Chair or Vice Chair and help us achieve our mission of green buildings for everyone, everywhere

Tue, 26th Mar 2019

Calling all Established Green Building Councils! WorldGBC has extended the deadline to receive nominations for the Regional Chairs and Vice Chairs of its five Regional Networks to 30 April 2019.

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HRH The Prince of Wales endorses World Green Building Council

Mon, 25th Mar 2019

HRH The Prince of Wales endorsed the ambitious targets of our global green building movement during a video address at the Green Summit 2019 in Manchester, UK.

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Green buildings yield 30-80% lower utility costs compared to standard buildings, finds GBC Indonesia and IFC study

Thu, 14th Mar 2019

A joint report by GBC Indonesia and IFC revealed that nine green certified buildings, mostly located in Jakarta, yielded 30 to 80% lower annual utility costs compared to standard buildings.

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WorldGBC urges pragmatic approach to EU taxonomy

Tue, 5th Mar 2019

On 22 February, WorldGBC Europe responded to a consultation from the technical expert group on sustainable finance (TEG) on the development of the 'taxonomy' - an EU-wide classification system for environmentally sustainable economic activities.

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Climate champion California joins the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Fri, 22nd Feb 2019

The US state of California further solidifies its position as a climate champion by joining WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment – the first US State to do so.

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Ramboll brings leading sustainable design expertise to World Green Building Council's Europe Network

Thu, 21st Feb 2019

Ramboll has entered into a new partnership with the World Green Building Council’s Europe Network as its first engineering partner, to collaborate on driving sustainability and innovation across Europe’s building sector.

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And the winner is... WorldGBC announces winner of annual Member Value Survey prize draw

Tue, 12th Feb 2019

The first 20 Green Building Councils to complete WorldGBC’s annual Member Value Survey in 2018 were entered into a prize draw to receive $500 USD towards a leadership training course of their choice in 2019 - find out which GBC has won the prize draw.

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William McDonough’s ICEhouse constructed for fifth time at World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos

Mon, 4th Feb 2019

Watch WorldGBC's exclusive interview with designer and green building thought leader William McDonough about the ICEhouse™ at the 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

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World Green Building Council forms partnership with Climate and Clean Air Coalition

Mon, 28th Jan 2019

WorldGBC has commenced a Partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, led by UN Environment. Through this partnership, WorldGBC and its network of national Green Building Councils will offer a focus and expertise around the building and construction industry to this coalition of global leaders. 

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Welcoming our new Asia Pacific Regional Head - Allan Han-Huei Teo

Fri, 18th Jan 2019

WorldGBC is excited to announce our new Regional Head for the Asia Pacific Regional Network – Allan Han-Huei Teo. Find out more about Allan and how he'll be working with our 15 Green Building Councils in Asia Pacific to advance green building practices.

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Notes from the Network: How Buildings Connect People to the Planet

Tue, 19th Jun 2018

94% of people living in the Americas can be impacted by the 16 Green Building Councils that work across the region, therefore, the importance of working as a network comes as a top priority, blogs Juanita Alvarez following the Americas Regional Network meeting in Toronto.

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Advancing Net Zero: Why Green Building is Crucial in the Fight Against Climate Change

Tue, 12th Jun 2018

Not only are net zero carbon buildings critical to help us keep global warming below two degrees but they can also provide solutions to social and economic challenges, blogs Terri Wills and Romilly Madew in WorldGBC's latest blog in the series for Women's eNews.

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Celebrating Diversity on Africa Day: What Green Building Means for African Communities

Fri, 25th May 2018

Africa Day marks the moment when 32 countries formed what is now the African Union with its 55-member states. This Africa Day, we're talking about what green building means for African Communities and why collaboration is essential for a sustainable future.

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How one pilot project could inspire a green building revolution

Wed, 23rd May 2018

Knauf Insulation Experience Center in Slovenia was selected to participate in the testing phase for Level(s); Knauf's Laura Croze blogs on how this pilot project could spearhead a new green building revolution in Europe.

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100% renewable energy for all worldwide is possible: Q&A with Mark Z. Jacobson

Thu, 17th May 2018

In this exclusive Q&A, Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University tells WorldGBC about his theory for a world powered by 100% renewable energy and the three separate ways to avoid running out of energy.

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Notes from the Network: The buildings blocks to a greener future in Africa

Wed, 16th May 2018

With 76% of Sub–Saharan Africa suffering from severe energy poverty despite being energy rich, what are the opportunities for green building to help secure a prosperous, climate-resilient and sustainable future for Africa? Jane Afrane visited Mauritius for the 4th Africa Geen Building Summit to find out.

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Level(s) Testing Phase - Everything You Need to Know!

Thu, 3rd May 2018

Audrey Nugent, Senior Policy Advisor of the Europe Regional Network, outlines the stages of the Level(s) testing phase, a new framework that is set to transform the European building market.

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Building a Better Tomorrow: Q&A with WRI President & CEO Andrew Steer

Wed, 2nd May 2018

In this exclusive Q&A, President and CEO of the WRI Andrew Steer discusses how revolutionising the green building industry will be key to achieving the developmental and environmental goals laid out in the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.

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How a green building improved my working day

Tue, 1st May 2018

After experiencing numerous health and wellbeing benefits resulting from implementing green building features into the design of their new London office, Landsec's Edward Vaughan Dixon urges companies worldwide to follow suit and realise the results for themselves.

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Notes from the Network: Leading the transition to a low-carbon, resilient future in Asia Pacific

Wed, 11th Apr 2018

How are our Green Building Councils leading the way in decarbonizing the built environment in Asia Pacific? Through collaborations with businesses, governements and NGOs, and by ramping up focus on renewable energy access, blogs Joelle Chen.

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Day Zero: Can Cape Town prevent the taps from running dry?

Thu, 22nd Mar 2018

This World Water Day, The Green Building Council of South Africa's Manfred Braune outlines the factors that have led to Cape Town's severe water shortage and the solution to prevent the taps from running dry on "Day Zero".

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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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