26 September - 2 October 2016
What is World Green Building Week?
World Green Building Week is the flagship event of the global green building movement - organised by the World Green Building Council and led by its network of 75 Green Building Councils and their 27,000 member companies. The week raises awareness of green buildings around the world, highlighting how they are the most effective means to achieving a range of environmental, social and economic goals, from addressing climate change to creating sustainable homes, businesses and communities – better places for people to live, work and play.
Background to Better Build Green
At COP21 in Paris last December, WorldGBC’s ambition was to position green building as a solution to global warming and make them the hero of the climate change story. So we developed and launched Better Build Green, our first campaign designed to cut through the jargon and be far more straighttalking about the multiple benefits of green building, but intelligible enough to appeal and resonate with ‘the man on the street’.
The message behind Better Build Green was simple: not only had we better build green if we are to reach a two-degree world tomorrow, but we are better off today if we do.
Better Build Green is quite simply the answer to many of the most challenging environmental problems the world faces today.
Our theme for 2016 is ‘Change Your Perspective’, an evolution of Better Build Green.
There are so many interesting and often untold facts and figures that can genuinely change how people think about buildings, and specifically green building. We need them to understand the impact and benefits that green building can have on global emissions, energy, water, health and wellbeing, the economy and beyond.
It’s time to change their perspective.
Maroš Šefčovič named patron for World Green Building Week 2016