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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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Outstanding green building leaders honoured in WorldGBC Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards

Thu, 6th Sep 2018

The World Green Building Council honours six outstanding green building leaders driving change and creating a better future in the 2018 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards.

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WorldGBC Research on Health, Wellbeing and Performance in Green Schools Now Available in Arabic

Mon, 3rd Sep 2018

Today, the World Green Building Council has published infographics to enhance awareness of the links between educational buildings and improved student performance in Arabic, as part of its Better Places for People project.

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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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19 Global Cities Commit to Making New Buildings Net Zero Carbon by 2030

Thu, 23rd Aug 2018

19 pioneering mayors, representing 130 million urban citizens, sign WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions from their cities by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030.

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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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Better Places for People: Join our webinars during World Green Building Week!

Fri, 17th Aug 2018

During World Green Building Week 2018, WorldGBC will be hosting a series of webinars through our Better Places for People project. Join WorldGBC's Catriona Brady to learn more about health and wellbeing in green building!

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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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Amid Climate Uncertainty, Zero-Carbon Buildings Offer a Guiding North Star

Fri, 3rd Aug 2018

Decarbonizing the building sector, one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gases provides the best means in which to realize gains for both occupant and global health, explains WRI's Emma Stewart.

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Find out the latest from WorldGBC's Better Places for People project

Wed, 25th Jul 2018

2018 is shaping up to be a busy and exciting year for WorldGBC's Better Places for People project and today we are pleased to share the latest updates from the project, including  a new Project Manager, new sponsor VELUX Group and recent project activities.

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A Green & Healthy Retrofit – India’s Platinum Case Study

Mon, 16th Jul 2018

India’s Paharpur Business Centre offers a refreshing new flavour to the health and wellbeing industry.  It’s an internationally relevant example of healthy, resource efficient design that is operating in an existing building and certified with a methodology developed for the local culture, blogs WorldGBC's Catriona Brady.

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Global study on how offices impact employee productivity & health, launched by Harvard University with backing from UTC and JLL

Tue, 7th Nov 2017

A study that will examine how the indoor environments of 100 office buildings around the world impact employee productivity and health has been launched by Harvard University.

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Knauf Insulation celebrates double sustainability breakthrough

Mon, 6th Nov 2017

The global insulation company and a member of WorldGBC’s Europe Regional Network has achieved two of its core 2020 sustainability targets this year, four years ahead of schedule.

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WorldGBC announces Congress 2018 to be held in Toronto – with Canada Green Building Council

Thu, 2nd Nov 2017

WorldGBC is delighted to announce that its Congress 2018 will be held in Toronto, Canada, in June, in partnership with the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Building Lasting Change conference.

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Be a green building pioneer! Join an EU workshop to test Level(s) reporting framework

Tue, 31st Oct 2017

Take part in the European Commission's testing phase for Level(s) - a new voluntary reporting framework aimed at improving the sustainability of buildings – by joining a special workshop on 4 December in Brussels

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New reports set out actions for how green mortgages can meet EU climate & building renovation goals

Thu, 26th Oct 2017

A series of new reports published today set out the actions needed to ensure mortgage lending can support the EU’s climate and building renovation goals.

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Join green buildings leaders at COP23 – Registration for ‘Building Action Symposium’ now open

Mon, 23rd Oct 2017

How can the building and construction sector help to achieve the Paris Agreement? Find out by joining green building leaders at this year’s COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.

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Former WorldGBC Chair Bruce Kerswill receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Wed, 18th Oct 2017

Bruce Kerswill, the former Chair of the World Green Building Council, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)

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Green Building Councils forge new path on energy efficient mortgages

Tue, 17th Oct 2017

Ten Green Building Councils from Europe met in London today ahead of the publication of new research strengthening the case for energy efficient mortgages.

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Green Building Council South Africa launches net zero building certification

Thu, 12th Oct 2017

The Green Building Council South Africa has officially launch of its net zero building certification, and announced the certification of the first four projects under its Net Zero Pilot Certification scheme.

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European green building policy takes key step forward as MEPs vote for strong ambition

Thu, 12th Oct 2017

Members of the European Parliament yesterday voted for stronger ambition on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, ahead of negotiating talks with the European Council.

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Australian Government launches net zero building standard with GBCA

Mon, 9th Oct 2017

The Australian Government has officially launched new National Carbon Offset Standards for Buildings and Precincts following extensive collaboration with the Green Building Council of Australia and industry.

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Romilly Madew, William McDonough & Michael Braungart honoured in prestigious WorldGBC Awards

Wed, 4th Oct 2017

The World Green Building Council’s Chairman Tai Lee Siang announced the winners of the prestigious WorldGBC Global Awards at a special ceremony in Jaipur, India, today.

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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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How ROCKWOOL is driving ambition on net zero through innovation

Mon, 25th Sep 2017

In this blog for World Green Building Week, ROCKWOOL's Anthony Abbotts explains how the company is using innovation to help create a net zero carbon future for our buildings. 

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Inside & out: Can improvements in indoor air quality also achieve carbon goals?

Wed, 20th Sep 2017

In the third article in our series of blogs on the potential tensions between reducing carbon emissions and health and wellbeing, WorldGBC explores indoor air quality (IAQ) in buildings.

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The making of a movement

Tue, 19th Sep 2017

In this blog, David Gottfried discusses his journey leading up to the founding of WorldGBC and why we must all work together to create a better, greener world. 

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(Day)Lighting the way to greener and healthier buildings

Wed, 13th Sep 2017

In the second article in our series of blogs on the potential tensions between reducing carbon emissions and health and wellbeing, WorldGBC explores daylighting and artificial lighting in buildings.

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People versus planet: Is there ever a trade-off in green building design?

Wed, 6th Sep 2017

In the first of a new series of blogs from our Better Places for People campaign, WorldGBC explores whether healthy building strategies sometimes compromise on carbon emissions savings.

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Notes from the Networks – Americas, a thriving region taking steps into the future

Tue, 5th Sep 2017

Our recent meeting of Americas Green Building Councils in Lima, Peru highlighted that countries from a seemingly diverse region face similar challenges, blogs Juanita Alvarez, Regional Manager of the Americas Network.

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What are green mortgages & how will they revolutionise home energy efficiency?

Mon, 4th Sep 2017

In this Q&A, Stephen Richardson,Technical Lead for Energy Efficiency Mortgages, discusses the principles of green mortgages and how they are key to meeting climate change targets.

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Interconnection instead of isolation: A new world of sustainable development

Fri, 1st Sep 2017

Complex and interconnected. These words apply equally to global supply chains and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), writes Jorge Chapa of GBCA.

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Virtuous circle: Exploring the circular economy with global leaders AkzoNobel & Shaw Contract

Thu, 3rd Aug 2017

In this special 'in conversation' piece, AkzoNobel's Chris Cook and Shaw Contract's Todd Jarvis talk to Terri Wills, CEO of WorldGBC, about the “circular economy” approach to business.  

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Green building – a driver for decent jobs & economic growth

Mon, 31st Jul 2017

Karl pfeffer, of the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization, blogs about how green building can support decent jobs and economic growth, following a recent training course.

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The growth of a greener India

Tue, 18th Jul 2017

I still vividly remember, 16 years ago, when a small group of green building enthusiasts huddled in a conference room in Chennai to establish the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), writes Mr S Raghupathy.

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