blog

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.

Read more >
blog

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.

Read more >
blog

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.

Read more >
blog

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.

Read more >
blog

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.

Read more >
publication

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. 

Read more >
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.

Read more >
news

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. 

Read more >
news

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.

Read more >
blog

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.

Read more >
blog

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.

Read more >
press

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.

Read more >
news

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.

Read more >
news

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.

Read more >
news

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.

Read more >
news

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.

Read more >
news

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.

Read more >
news

“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.

Read more >
news

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.

Read more >
news

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.

Read more >
news

WorldGBC appoints first Regional Head for Africa Network – Jane Afrane

Fri, 1st Dec 2017

WorldGBC is excited to announce the appointment of our first full-time Regional Head for the Africa Regional Network – Jane Afrane.

Read more >
news

European Green Building Councils urge Europe not to ignore its renovation potential

Thu, 30th Nov 2017

Green Building Councils from across Europe are urging their governments to champion strong EU policy – particularly around building renovation - that helps to deliver on global climate change goals.

Read more >
news

Green improvements in school buildings have positive impacts on student performance, show new WorldGBC infographics

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, new infographics from WorldGBC show.

Read more >
news

The role of buildings at COP23

Mon, 13th Nov 2017

WorldGBC attended the COP23 climate change conference, in Bonn, Germany, to urge governments to work in coordination with companies, cities and communities to decarbonise the building and construction sector

Read more >
blog

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.

Read more >
blog

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.

Read more >
blog

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.

Read more >
blog

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.

Read more >
blog

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.

Read more >
blog

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.

Read more >
blog

Comfortably compatible: Building features that reduce carbon & promote wellbeing

Wed, 4th Oct 2017

In the fourth article in our series of blogs on the potential tensions between reducing carbon and promoting wellbeing, WorldGBC looks at building features where compatibilities exist. 

Read more >
blog

Green building – it’s child’s play

Fri, 29th Sep 2017

What happened when two WorldGBC staff members visited a classroom of school children during World Green Building Week to introduce green buildings? Dominika Czerwinska explains.

Read more >
blog

How EBRD is sparking a green economic transition

Fri, 29th Sep 2017

In this blog for World Green Building Week, James Drinkwater of WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network explains why leaders like the EBRD are open for business on investing in green buildings. 

 

Read more >
blog

Living the dream: My experience building & occupying my own green certified home

Thu, 28th Sep 2017

In this blog for World Green Building Week 2017, New Zealand Green Building Council's Lee Ann Durbin shares her experiences of building and living in a green home. 

Read more >
blog

Introducing Level(s): A common language to understand sustainability in European buildings

Thu, 28th Sep 2017

Audrey Nugent, Senior Policy Advisor of the Europe Regional Network, blogs on how the European Commission's new tool Level(s) could transform the European building market.

Read more >
blog

Can the ‘net zero’ concept be applied to health and wellbeing?

Wed, 27th Sep 2017

In this guest post for World Green Building Week, UK Green Building Council member EVORA discusses if the concept of ‘net zero’ can by adapted for the health and wellbeing agenda.

Read more >