WorldGBC Global Update: October 2014

Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices

Our new report, Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building, presents overwhelming evidence that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff. Sponsored by JLL, Lend Lease and Skanska, the report also presents a simple toolkit that businesses can use to measure these effects. Make the most of this useful resource – the report is now available for free download in English and Spanish, and we also have speakers available to present the report at your local events. Learn more.

World Green Building Week Our Biggest Yet

With more than 230 events in 41 countries, this year's World Green Building Week was our biggest yet. We encouraged everyone to "Get Up, Green Up" and take direct action to make our world greener. From cycling to work or making the office paperless to swapping to efficient lightbulbs, people everywhere rose to the challenge. Our GBCs across the globe hosted competitions, seminars, building tours, parties, launches, conferences and so much more. Thank you to all our GBCs that helped to raise awareness of the global green building movement. We are looking forward to making next year's WGBWeek even bigger and better!

World SB14 Barcelona

GBC España hosts one of the world’s largest sustainable building gatherings in Barcelona on 28 to 30 October. Join us for the World Sustainable Building 2014 Conference, where our Europe Regional Network will hold debates each day. Speakers from the European Commission, industry, and academia will discuss the latest green building issues in Europe: 

* 28th: Financial Structures and Incentives: How do we scale-up retrofit? 
* 28th: Is the Acoustic Comfort a Privilege or a Must in the Future Construction Industry?
* 29th: National Renovation Strategies: How do we ensure we capture the full potential of deep renovation? 
* 30th: Building Sustainability Assessment: How do we make lifecycle assessment mainstream? 

We hope to see you there! Register.

New EDGE Software Encourages Resource-Efficient Building Design

IFC have released their new EDGE software, which allows anyone to design a green building in more than 100 emerging markets. EDGE helps mitigate climate change while creating value for those who develop, own, and operate new buildings. From lower utility bills to higher resale values, EDGE proves the business case for building green. Learn more about EDGE.

GBC Spotlight: Indian GBC

It’s been a productive and exciting year for the Indian Green Building Council, whose efforts to transform our built environment are highlighting this GBC as one of the world’s sustainability thought leaders. To find out more about this council’s initiatives and successes, download the Indian GBC’s Annual Review 2013-2014.

Be Inspired at Greenbuild

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. The 2014 event will take place from 22 to 24 October in New Orleans. Register here.

Register for the Sustainable Innovation Forum at COP20

Now in its fifth year, the Sustainable Innovation Forum brings together world leaders, CEOs, senior executives, national, regional and city leaders, investors and industry experts to share ideas and accelerate innovative solutions to address climate change, and increase green growth and sustainable development. The Forum is organised by Climate Action in partnership with UNEP, and will be held on December 9 in Lima alongside UNFCCC COP20. Register and find out more.

Upcoming Events

Eco-Cities of the Mediterranean 2014 Forum and Expo: 18 - 20 October (including MENA Regional Network meeting), Dead Sea, Jordan

Annual EGBC Congress: 20 - 21 October, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Greenbuild 2014: 22 - 24 October, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

World SB14 Barcelona: 28 - 30 October, Barcelona, Spain

Building Sustainability SGBC14: 10 - 11 November, Stockholm, Sweden

And don't forget to check out our People Profiles – meet and learn from members of our GBC network!

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