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WorldGBC responds to IPCC: The entire building and construction supply chain must decarbonise by 2050 to reach 1.5 degrees

Mon, 8th Oct 2018

Following the IPCC report warning that every secotor must decarbonise by 2050 to mitigate the effects of climate change, WorldGBC will begin work to assess how the increasing emissions from building and construction can reach net zero by 2050.

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Ensuring the Habitats of Future Generations through Green Buildings

Fri, 5th Oct 2018

WorldGBC's Head of Advancing Net Zero Victoria Burrows explains how the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment marks an unprecedented breakthrough on climate action for buildings that will improve the lives of millions for generations to come.

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Notes from the Network: GBCs in Asia Pacific Galvanise Green Building Action

Thu, 4th Oct 2018

Following the latest APN meeting in Singapore in September 2018, WorldGBC's Asia Pacific Regional Head Joelle Chen outlines the outstanding achivements and breakthroughs from the region's GBCs to advance and upscale green building in their local markets, and the next steps to increase green building uptake acorss the region.

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Bogotá Doubles Down on Efficiency Efforts With Support From Building Efficiency Accelerator

Wed, 3rd Oct 2018

Today, Bogotá, Colombia announced a new policy for more energy-efficient construction that is expected to reduce energy and water use in new buildings by 20 percent and 30 percent, respectively, when fully implemented, as part of a new phase of the Building Efficiency Accelerator initiative.

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World Green Building Week 2018 - celebrating the biggest week in green building to date!

Mon, 1st Oct 2018

Over the past seven days, thousands of climate action advocates joined together to celebrate the power of green buildings during World Green Building Week 2018.

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Building up to a greener residential sector in India

Fri, 28th Sep 2018

The Indian Green Building Council believes the vision of a "sustainable built environment for ALL” can only be holistically achieved if sustainability is truly addressed in the residential sector. With this in mind, IGBC has developed three green building rating tools for homes - IGBC's Anand Muthukrishna explains how these are helping improve millions of lives across India.

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Public Realm - Gateway to our Communities’ Sustainable Future

Fri, 28th Sep 2018

According to UN Habitat, public spaces now comprise just 2% of the area of Middle Eastern cities. As our cities expand, the needs of urban dwellers for high-quality public realm have grown more pressing. Majid Al Futtaim is working to create “Great Moments for Everyone, Everyday", blogs Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi.

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Energy Retrofitting of the Existing Building Envelope - Jordan GBC Produces Guidelines to Accelerate Greening of Existing Buildings

Fri, 28th Sep 2018

Retrofitting existing buildings is more economically feasible than constructing new green buildings; Jordan GBC has produced a detailed guide to help accelerate market action for retrofitting buildings, blogs Hala Al-Shooha.

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How to Make Money from Climate-Proofing Your Property

Thu, 27th Sep 2018

In this exclusive blog for World Green Building Week 2018, WorldGBC's James Drinkwater and Judit Kimpian of the Architects Council of Europe explain how ‘green mortgages’ and value adding extensions could be a winning combination.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Notes from the Networks - Tackling the big issues to build a better Europe

Thu, 11th May 2017

Our recent meeting of European Green Building Councils and Regional Partners in Dublin, Ireland, was European cooperation at its best, blogs WorldGBC's James Drinkwater.

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Notes from the Networks – Improving the “hardware” & “software” of buildings across Asia Pacific

Thu, 27th Apr 2017

Joelle Chen, Regional Manager of the Asia Pacific Network, discusses how the region is looking ahead to the next chapter of green building development

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Earth Day: Why the quality of educational environments affects the quality of learning inside them

Fri, 21st Apr 2017

Earth Day as we know it today was launched in 1970 through teach-ins all over the US - educational forums to inform people from all walks of life of the environmental degradation around them.

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Is your home or office impacting your mental wellbeing? Let’s talk

Fri, 7th Apr 2017

Today is World Health Day and the theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Depression: Let’s talk’. You might be thinking “what does this have to do with buildings?”...

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Green building: Improving the lives of billions by helping to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Thu, 23rd Mar 2017

How can green building help to deliver the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)? Dominika Czerwinska, WorldGBC's Director of Membership and Regional Networks, explains...

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Why collaboration and compassion can build a better future

Wed, 8th Mar 2017

The Women's Marches held across seven continents in January highlighted the powerful link between gender and environmental justice.

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Rising to the challenge: Our journey to green buildings in the MENA region

Thu, 16th Feb 2017

Anyone who has been to the MENA region will be aware of the unique conditions in this part of the world. Temperatures can reach highs of 50 °C (122 °F) in cities such as Dubai...

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The new window to the world on green building

Tue, 24th Jan 2017

This week, the World Green Building Council took a giant step forward in its mission to advance green building for everyone, everywhere... with the launch of our new website.

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Green buildings take centre stage at the ‘Action’ COP22 in Marrakech

Fri, 11th Nov 2016

Yesterday, on November 10, the second Buildings Day at a UNFCCC COP (Conference of Parties) took place in Marrakech. As with the first Buildings Day at COP21 in Paris, last year, the day was a triumph for the green building movement...

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Better thinking, better health in green-certified buildings

Mon, 31st Oct 2016

By 2050 nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. This means more buildings will be needed, and buildings already consume 40% of global energy. Clearly, the future of buildings and the future of sustainability go hand in hand.

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The New Urban Agenda and the green building movement

Wed, 26th Oct 2016

As I made my journey home from Habitat 3, leaving behind the beautiful city of Quito in Ecuador, I reflected on what exactly the New Urban Agenda means to our Green Building Council movement

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When is a building 'circular'?

Thu, 6th Oct 2016

If you thought this was a good example of a 'circular' building, you've got a lot of catching up to do, and now is the perfect time to start…

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