Green Building Councils are not-for-profit, member-based organisations that are driving the transformation of buildings, communities and users’ behaviour towards sustainability. The World Green Building Council is a coalition of more than 100 national Green Building Councils around the world, making it the largest international organisation influencing the green building marketplace.
Our Europe Regional Network consists of more than 30 national Green Building Councils and works in collaboration with more than 4,500 member companies across Europe, which represent the full breadth of stakeholders in the buildings industry.
The Network was initially launched in 2010 and has grown rapidly ever since. With the support of our international partners (E.ON, Knauf Insulation, Saint-Gobain, Skanska and UTC), today we are actively engaging around Policy and Education, and building a stronger Green Building Council Community.
Led by a Steering Committee of Established Green Building Councils across Europe, and chaired by Christine Lemaitre, CEO of DGNB (the German Sustainable Building Council), the network is shaped by the successes of credible organisations that have been actively transforming their national markets towards sustainability.
A crucial part of green building is bringing the whole value chain in our industry together to provide better solutions, and this is exactly what we are doing through our members.
A Message from the Network Chair
The Europe Regional Network is starting 2015 on an extremely positive note.
In our policy work, we look forward to the launch of ‘BUILD UPON’, an innovative €2.35m Horizon 2020 project focused on designing and implementing stronger national renovation strategies across Europe. GBCs in 13 countries will steward public, private and third sector stakeholders through a structured collaborative process aimed at creating a community able to power a renovation revolution.
In our education work, WorldGBC's new Education Manager, Marta Iwanicka, will be driving learning between GBCs and their members across the region, as UK-GBC's Cat Hirst takes the helm as Chair of the Education Task Force. We are focused on creating co-efficiencies across our individual national programmes to help us significantly scale-up this crucial activity in the region.
Our community work sees the return of our biannual ‘Leadership Awards’ this year, so we look forward to profiling your examples of excellence in green building design, business leadership and public policy. We are also further strengthening the way in which GBCs learn from one another by piloting a GBC Development Program that will deliver concrete skills to GBC staff so that they are best equipped to lead successful GBCs.
Whilst we can reflect positively on the year ahead, it is my role as Chair to remind everyone in our movement that we are still at the foot of the mountain, and to inspire us to make it to the top. The day when sustainability is embedded across the whole of the property systems still feels far from our grasp, but the great news is we’ve done most of the heavy-lifting. Now the wheels are in motion, we’re gaining speed quickly, and I look forward to a year of even greater collective impact.
Christine Lemaitre, CEO DGNB, Network Chair
Paul is Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council. He joined the UK-GBC from WWF-UK, where he was Campaign Director for WWF's One Million Sustainable Homes campaign and co-founder of One Planet Living.
Paul is a member of the Igloo Regeneration Scrutiny Committee, serves on the Sustainability Board of BRE, and is also a member of the Zero Carbon Homes 2016 Task Force and the Sustainability of New Non-Domestic Buildings Steering Group convened by the Department for Communities Local Government in 2007.
He lives with his partner and two young sons in a green home in Shropshire. He has been on the WorldGBC Board of Directors since September 2007.