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Big step-up in ambition needed to put buildings and construction on track to meet Paris Agreement goals, warns Global ABC report

Wed, 11th Dec 2019

The 2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction released today by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (Global ABC) at COP25 in Madrid shows that CO2 emissions from the world’s buildings and their construction remain stubbornly at around 39 per cent of total carbon dioxide emissions.

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European cities commit to net zero buildings

Wed, 4th Dec 2019

Today leading European cities and companies pledged to slash carbon emissions from their buildings to net zero. Helsinki, Finland and Valladolid, Spain have signed WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, alongside property sector leaders BuroHappold, Carbon Credentials, Deerns, Grimshaw Architects, Grosvenor Group, Newsec Finland and Ylva.

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New digital library of exemplar sustainable buildings from across the world launched

Tue, 19th Nov 2019

World Green Building Council has launched a new case study library showcasing excellence in sustainable development globally, featuring buildings that are net zero carbon and/or enhance human health.

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thought leadership

The Hero for Net Zero in UAE? The Emirates Green Building Council

Tue, 12th Nov 2019

How is the building and construction sector in the UAE moving towards net zero? WorldGBC's MENA Regional Head Mohammad Asfour outlines the initiatives EmiratesGBC is undertaking to enable the nation to transition to a net zero carbon built environment.

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thought leadership

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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publication

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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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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Bogotá and Sonora events kick-off the Americas Cities Climate Action project

Thu, 13th Dec 2018

This week, a series of events in Bogotá, Colombia and Sonora, Mexico signalled the kick-off the WorldGBC's Cities Climate Action project in the Americas supported by the Building Efficiency Accelerator.

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Green Building Councils urge European Commission to recognise unparalleled potential of the built environment sector in delivering a climate neutral Europe

Wed, 12th Dec 2018

Today, as European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete outlines the European Commission’s vision for a climate neutral Europe at COP24, over 20 countries from WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network have signed an open letter urging the European Commission to recognise the vital role of the built environment sector in delivering this vision.

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World Green Building Council launches annual report for 2017/18: Building a better future

Mon, 10th Dec 2018

The World Green Building Council's Annual Report for 2017/18 outlines the major achievements of the organisation and its global network of Green Building Councils.

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COP24: WorldGBC to attend to represent the green building movement

Mon, 26th Nov 2018

WorldGBC will be representing our global network of Green Building Councils at the COP24 climate talks in December 2018 and advocating for a sustainable built environment in order to meet climate goals - see the list of events where we, our member GBCs and partners will be speaking.

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Pakistan Green Building Council progresses to Established Member of WorldGBC

Wed, 14th Nov 2018

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

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Godrej & Boyce joins WorldGBC’s Asia Pacific Regional Network to advance dialogue on net zero carbon building in Asia Pacific

Fri, 2nd Nov 2018

Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company joins WorldGBC's Asia Pacific Regional Network as the first Corporate Activity Partner to participate in the following WorldGBC activity: The Asia Pacific Dialogue on Advancing Net Zero.

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Green Building Council Iceland joins World Green Building Council network

Thu, 1st Nov 2018

This week, Green Building Council Iceland became the newest member of the World Green Building Council, joining at the Prospective level of membership.

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El Salvador Green Building Council and Paraguay Green Building Council progress to Emerging Members of WorldGBC

Thu, 25th Oct 2018

WorldGBC is pleased to announce that El Salvador Green Building Council and Paraguay Green Building Council have progressed from Prospective to Emerging GBC status within the WorldGBC membership tier.

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Sydney Opera House and Natural Resources Defense Council Sign up to World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Wed, 24th Oct 2018

Non-profit organisations Sydney Opera House and the Natural Resources Defense Council sign WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment in pledge to ensure all the buildings they own, operate and develop are net zero carbon by 2030. 

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Americas Region gets a boost with P4G Award for Cities Climate Action Project supported by the Building Efficiency Accelerator

Sat, 20th Oct 2018

Buildings in Colombia and Mexico may get a green makeover thanks to expanded support for energy efficiency programmes after winning a $600,000 award that transitions buildings at scale, to save energy and prepare cities for a net zero future.

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blog

What it takes to be a green building leader on the WorldGBC Board

Thu, 1st Feb 2018

As WorldGBC opens nominations for its Board of Directors, current Chair Tai Lee Siang and Vice-Chair Lisa Bate reveal what drives their own enthusiasm for green building and the attributes behind a great Board member.

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blog

We interviewed 17 CEOs committed to green building on the biggest accomplishments of 2017

Mon, 29th Jan 2018

What are our Established Green Building Council CEOs' proudest accomplishments from 2017? Following on the heels of our recent blog post on their ambitions for the future, we present you their answers...

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An unexpected journey: The rise of net zero carbon buildings in the MENA region

Thu, 25th Jan 2018

Our Advancing Net Zero Project Manager Kate Victoria Burrows visited Jordan this month and was delighted to see how the country is already realising the potential for low carbon operations.

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A view from the top: CEOs share their bold green building ambitions for 2018

Tue, 23rd Jan 2018

We recently asked CEOs from our Established Green Building Councils (GBCs) around the world to share with us their ambitions for 2018. We’re excited to share some of their answers!

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Notes from the Network: Exploring pathways towards greater green building impact in Asia Pacific

Mon, 22nd Jan 2018

French president Emmanuel Macron recently pointed out “We’re not moving quick enough. We all need to act.”. He’s right. We need to hasten the pace, and where better to appreciate this than in Manila, a city that never sleeps?

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I'm dreaming of... a net zero future

Thu, 21st Dec 2017

WorldGBC's Advancing Net Zero Project Manager Victoria Kate Burrows reflects on how 2017 has been a phenomenal year for raising awareness around the urgent need for net zero carbon buildings, and the enormity of the challenge ahead.

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The nexus of green buildings, global health & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Tue, 5th Dec 2017

In the final of our Better Places for People blog series, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health's Joseph Allen and Augusta Williams discuss the role green buildings must play in promoting public health and sustainable development.

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Looking back on Bonn: DGNB at COP23

Tue, 28th Nov 2017

Henny Radicke reflects on DGNB's active role at the recent COP23 in Bonn, Germany in their mission to highlight the crucial role green buildings occupy on the global sustainability agenda.

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Building a better Bogotá

Thu, 9th Nov 2017

Bogotá is the biggest city in Colombia and it’s growing fast. Colombia Green Building Council explains how it is rising to the challenges associated with this growth through the BEA programme. 

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Building for body clocks: How human-centric lighting can improve people’s wellbeing & performance

Wed, 8th Nov 2017

In the latest in our Better Places for People blog series, Harry Verhaar of Philips Lighting looks at the need to focus not on daylighting or artificial lighting, but on “human-centric” lighting.

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Voices of efficiency: Dubai's quest to improve energy performance starts with benchmarking

Fri, 3rd Nov 2017

As part of the Building Efficiency Accelerator project, Emirates Green Building Council discuss Dubai's benchmarking project as part of a proposed policy to improve energy performance labels for existing buildings.

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Recognising rights and dignity: Green, affordable homes in Jordan

Mon, 30th Oct 2017

Jordan faces big challenges when it comes to natural resources - exacerbated by the refugee crisis in neighbouring Syria. Jordan GBC explains how its Green Affordable Homes project is providing a solution.

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BUILD UPON2 City Series part 2: Budaörs

Wed, 14th Apr 2021

WorldGBC finds out how the city of Budaörs is preparing to use the BUILD UPON2 framework to monitor renovation.

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news

WorldGBC’s response on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive review

Tue, 23rd Mar 2021

WorldGBC has submitted a position paper on the review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

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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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