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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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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World Green Building Week 2017… that’s a wrap!

Mon, 2nd Oct 2017

Over the past seven days, thousands of climate action advocates joined together to celebrate the power of green buildings during World Green Building Week 2017.

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European Bank for Reconstruction and Development releases new publication on investing in green buildings

Fri, 29th Sep 2017

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has today released a set of new publications on its Green Economy Transition investments in buildings for World Green Building Week.

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European Commission releases first EU-wide tool for sustainable building performance reporting during World Green Building Week

Thu, 28th Sep 2017

The European Commission has today launched the pilot phase of ‘Level(s)’, a new EU framework for sustainable buildings, which will help transform the building sector.

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Shaw Industries marks significant sustainability milestones during World Green Building Week

Thu, 28th Sep 2017

Shaw Industries, the floorcovering provider and a member of WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board, has announced progress on its 2030 sustainability goals during World Green Building Week.

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New report guides London on path to achieve net zero carbon buildings

Wed, 27th Sep 2017

London has the ability to lead the world on net zero carbon buildings if it follows key recommendations set out in a new report by the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI).

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UAE ready to mainstream nearly zero energy buildings, finds new report

Wed, 27th Sep 2017

The UAE is ready to transition from the position of an early adopter of nearly zero energy buildings to mainstream rollout, finds Emirates Green Building Council in a new report.

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Four new Green Building Councils join Advancing Net Zero project

Tue, 26th Sep 2017

An additional four Green Building Councils have officially joined the World Green Building Council’s Advancing Net Zero project, taking the total number of participating councils to 14.

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Global businesses could collectively save up to $1.5tn through efficient use of office space, finds Philips

Tue, 26th Sep 2017

Businesses around the world could realise savings of up to $1.5tn in reduced rental costs alone if their office buildings were refurbished to the most efficient standards of today, say Philips Lighting.

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Time for heroes - Welcome to World Green Building Week 2017!

Mon, 25th Sep 2017

Thousands of climate action advocates, Green Building Councils, businesses and non-profits are turning up the volume on the need for green buildings as part of World Green Building Week.

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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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Green Building Councils provide leadership on zero carbon buildings

Fri, 30th Sep 2016

Last December in Paris at COP21, nearly 200 countries came together to forge an unprecedented agreement: to “limit global average temperatures to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels...

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Walking the talk – the new UK-GBC & WorldGBC office, London

Thu, 29th Sep 2016

In January this year, we announced details of our project to refurbish our London headquarters, which is also home to some of our friends and colleagues from World Green Building Council.

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Philips' report advocates Better Places for People

Tue, 27th Sep 2016

Philips, a founding member of the WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board, has announced ambitious new targets for international lighting standards that will inherently lead to greener and healthier offices.

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Changing perspectives on green buildings

Mon, 26th Sep 2016

When people think about combatting climate change, certain images pop into their heads: coal power stations replaced by solar panels; smog-spewing trucks superseded by silent electric vehicles...

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Active House – Green AND healthy

Wed, 21st Sep 2016

With the release of new reports on residential health and wellbeing in 2016, such as the VELUX Healthy Homes Barometer and the UKGBC Healthy Homes Report...

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Fit for the job - What it means to be a member of WorldGBC

Mon, 5th Sep 2016

In my role as Director of Membership, I’m often asked “what does it take to be a member of the World Green Building Council?”, “who’s in the club?”... 

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How can we make offices more comfortable?

Tue, 30th Aug 2016

At Better Places for People, we’ve talked a lot about how thermal comfort is a very important factor for an occupant’s health and wellbeing...

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Better places for a better bottom line

Tue, 23rd Aug 2016

In the WorldGBC’s 2014 Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices report, we provided the evidence that strongly links office environments and productivity in the workplace...

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Health, wellbeing and productivity – What we’re doing in the UK

Tue, 16th Aug 2016

We at UK-GBC are very keen participants of WorldGBC’s Better Places for People campaign. It seems to us that good health and wellbeing... 

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Green buildings and healthy buildings

Tue, 9th Aug 2016

While the Better Places for People campaign often gets associated with healthy buildings, our mandate, as a WorldGBC global campaign, is to raise awareness of green healthy buildings... 

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How Green Building Council Brasil shaped the sustainability of the Rio 2016 Olympic venues

Mon, 8th Aug 2016

Following London 2012’s crown of the “greenest games ever”, and Brazil’s existing social and environment challenges such as deforestation, poor water quality in certain areas...

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