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Constructing a greener world can't happen without women

Fri, 8th Mar 2019

Despite construction still being a male-dominated industry, more than 50% of the CEOs running Green Building Councils are women, WorldGBC CEO Cristina tells the Thomson Reuters Foundation on International Women's Day 2019.

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The Climate Change Challenge: How can the industry help achieve a built environment fit for the future?

Wed, 6th Mar 2019

Ahead of Futurebuild 2019, WorldGBC CEO Cristina Gamboa highlights examples of leadership action to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and construction.

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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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5 reasons to attend MENA Green Building Congress 2019

Mon, 11th Feb 2019

WorldGBC’s MENA Green Building Congress 2019 will bring together government, business, city and civil society leaders to exchange ideas on best practice for green buildings to address the region’s environmental, economic and social challenges. Here's 5 reasons why this exclusive event is not to be missed.

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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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“Collaboration is the new innovation” – a powerful idea for the green building movement

Wed, 23rd Jan 2019

With collaboration increasingly cited as the new innovation, WorldGBC’s Matt Adams explores the notion behind this statement, and the opportunity it presents for decarbonising our built environment.

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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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WorldGBC seeks input for Better Places for People project Metrics Framework

Fri, 11th Jan 2019

WorldGBC invites respondents to participate in the consultation period about the strategic update of the existing Metrics Framework for one of its global projects, Better Places for People.

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Gensler, Siemens and Lendlease join WorldGBC Corporate Advisory Board for 2018

Tue, 5th Jun 2018

The three companies are the latest additions to the 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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Kenya Green Building Society signs an MOU with Climate Bonds Initiative to stimulate take up of green buildings

Mon, 28th May 2018

KGBS will work with Climate Bonds Initiative to help government and private sector actors take advantage by incorporating green debt into their investment processes and mitigating climate risks connected to their assets.

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Take part in the 2018 Dodge Data Analytics Green Building Survey

Tue, 1st May 2018

The World Green Building Council is supporting Dodge Data to conduct the fourth iteration of the World Green Building Trends study and we invite companies to take this survey to share their insights.

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Norwegian Green Building Council and Green Building Alliance to become joint organisation

Mon, 23rd Apr 2018

Norwegian Green Building Council and Green Building Alliance have announced they will merge into a joint organisation with effect from 1 July 2018 in move to create a stronger, more robust organisation.

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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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WorldGBC announces jury for 2018 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards

Fri, 30th Mar 2018

C40 Cities, IFC, the World Bank and the UN are among the jury for the biennial Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards, which showcase the achievements of businesses and innovators leading on sustainability in buildings across the Asia Pacific region.

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Green building milestones signal Kuwait GBC's progression to WorldGBC Emerging Member

Thu, 29th Mar 2018

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

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UK property and construction industry calls on government to raise the bar on environmental standards

Mon, 26th Mar 2018

Over 50 influential business leaders from across the UK construction and property industry call on ministers to introduce policy that will see all new buildings built to net zero carbon standards by 2030.

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New WorldGBC infographic outlines the pathways to net zero carbon buildings

Tue, 6th Mar 2018

Our new infographic highlights the pathways to advancing net zero carbon buildings, as well as the key milestone dates of our Advancing Net Zero project, our defintion of a net zero carbon building and the four key project principles. 

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New report outlines trajectory for London to become a Zero Carbon city

Fri, 16th Feb 2018

London can become a Zero Carbon city - but only if it follows key recommendations set out in a new follow-up report by the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI).

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New study shows strong demand for energy efficient mortgages

Thu, 15th Feb 2018

A new study by WorldGBC ERN Partner E.ON shows there is strong demand in Europe for ‘energy efficient mortgages’ as an affordable financial solution for consumers considering an energy efficiency make-over for their home.

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Pioneering banks prepare to pilot energy efficiency mortgages across Europe

Mon, 12th Feb 2018

Ground-breaking new proposals for a European ‘energy efficiency mortgage’ scheme were launched by the EU-funded ‘EeMAP’ initiative, which pioneering banks and buildings experts are preparing to pilot across Europe.

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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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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. 

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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.

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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. 

 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Celebrating the heroes of green building

Mon, 25th Sep 2017

In this blog to mark the start of World Green Building Week 2017, WorldGBC's James Kershaw explains why people - as well as green buildings - are heroes in the fight against climate change.

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