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The Hero for Net Zero in UAE? The Emirates Green Building Council

Tue, 12th Nov 2019

How is the building and construction sector in the UAE moving towards net zero? WorldGBC's MENA Regional Head Mohammad Asfour outlines the initiatives EmiratesGBC is undertaking to enable the nation to transition to a net zero carbon built environment.

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Australia steps up to the challenge to decarbonise

Mon, 11th Nov 2019

When WorldGBC released its call to action on embodied carbon in September 2019, Australia’s leading organisations didn’t hesitate to endorse it. Twenty members of the Green Building Council of Australia backed the drastic action for the building and construction sector immediately. Find out how GBCA is driving momentum to recognise the importance of upfront and embodied carbon.

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Google joins global industry leaders to serve on the World Green Building Council’s Corporate Advisory Board

Mon, 4th Nov 2019

American multinational technology company Google has joined WorldGBC's Corporate Advisory Board, a select group of companies which are global leaders on sustainability, and which serve to guide WorldGBC on its strategy and activities.

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ÖGNI Position Paper: Social Sustainability

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

In cooperation with an expert group, the ÖGNI (Austrian Sustainable Building Council) has defined standards for measuring the social sustainability of buildings and identifies three focal points: Holistic view of the neighborhood, operation of buildings and flexibility.

Read more >
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ÖGNI Position Paper: Benchmarks in Operation

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

The ÖGNI Position Paper: Benchmarks in Operation outlines how sustainability can only be achieved through sensible, efficient building operation; and proves that sustainability and efficient operation go hand in hand.

Read more >
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ÖGNI Position Paper: Smart Cities

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

Although the term "Smart City" is widely used, a clear definition is still missing. This ÖGNI position paper aims to clarify ÖGNI's position on Smart Cities, make the term Smart Cities more specific for urban development stakeholders, support and guide urban developers in their attempts to implement the Smart City concept and develop a basis for the certification of Smart Cities.

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news

WorldGBC receives an award for leading industry change

Wed, 23rd Oct 2019

WorldGBC was presented with the Barcelona Meeting Point (BM) Mediterranean Award at the Mediterranean Real Estate Forum international conference for its invaluable mission leading the transformation of the construction industry to create a healthier and more sustainable environment.

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EmiratesGBC honours winners of the 2019 MENA Green Building Awards

Thu, 17th Oct 2019

The annual Awards honour excellence in green building initiatives in 16 categories including newly introduced 'Zero Building of the Year’ for advancing net zero energy in built environments. See the full list of winners here.

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Built environment stakeholders recommend integration of whole life carbon criteria into European policy

Tue, 8th Oct 2019

Today a coalition of over 30 organisations working in the buildings and construction sector have signed an open letter to the European Commission outlining their view on the transformative potential that the Level(s) framework can play in mainstreaming sustainable buildings and deliver on key European environmental, economic and social goals.

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It’s not that easy being green

Tue, 1st Oct 2019

WorldGBC takes a closer look at the iconic building 'Bosco Verticale' in Milan, Italy to explore the benefits of its sustainability features and how it dealt with the challenge of considering whole lifecycle emissions, both operational and embodied; the trade-offs and co-benefits, and lessons for future projects.

Read more >
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Will a common vision for the global building sector make the world more sustainable?

Thu, 26th Sep 2019

A roadmap for the building and construction sector in Norway to achieve a common vision of zero emissions and a full circular economy in 2050 has sparked action to address both operational and embodied carbon emissions from buildings.

Read more >
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Podcast - Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront in Asia Pacific

Thu, 26th Sep 2019

To celebrate World Green Building Week 2019 and the launch of WorldGBC's report Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront, AkzoNobel and WorldGBC have collaborated to produce this two-part video podcast offering a wholesome Asia Pacific and full value chain perspective on addressing embodied carbon.

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news

Google joins global industry leaders to serve on the World Green Building Council’s Corporate Advisory Board

Mon, 4th Nov 2019

American multinational technology company Google has joined WorldGBC's Corporate Advisory Board, a select group of companies which are global leaders on sustainability, and which serve to guide WorldGBC on its strategy and activities.

Read more >
news

WorldGBC receives an award for leading industry change

Wed, 23rd Oct 2019

WorldGBC was presented with the Barcelona Meeting Point (BM) Mediterranean Award at the Mediterranean Real Estate Forum international conference for its invaluable mission leading the transformation of the construction industry to create a healthier and more sustainable environment.

Read more >
news

EmiratesGBC honours winners of the 2019 MENA Green Building Awards

Thu, 17th Oct 2019

The annual Awards honour excellence in green building initiatives in 16 categories including newly introduced 'Zero Building of the Year’ for advancing net zero energy in built environments. See the full list of winners here.

Read more >
news

Built environment stakeholders recommend integration of whole life carbon criteria into European policy

Tue, 8th Oct 2019

Today a coalition of over 30 organisations working in the buildings and construction sector have signed an open letter to the European Commission outlining their view on the transformative potential that the Level(s) framework can play in mainstreaming sustainable buildings and deliver on key European environmental, economic and social goals.

Read more >
news

Podcast - Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront in Asia Pacific

Thu, 26th Sep 2019

To celebrate World Green Building Week 2019 and the launch of WorldGBC's report Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront, AkzoNobel and WorldGBC have collaborated to produce this two-part video podcast offering a wholesome Asia Pacific and full value chain perspective on addressing embodied carbon.

Read more >
news

Welcome to World Green Building Week 2019!

Mon, 23rd Sep 2019

The 10th annual World Green Building Week 2019 is here at last! Across the world, the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) network of Green Building Councils (GBCs) and partners are uniting to take part in the biggest week in the annual green building calendar.

 

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18 Latin American cities unite to upscale green building action

Mon, 26th Aug 2019

During the second BEA workshop to be held in Latin America this year, participants from 18 cities will learn from international experts and city peers about energy efficiency in buildings by identifying actions, replicable models and implementation strategies for structuring public policies at a city scale. 

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Constructing new buildings could pump out climate pollution equivalent to one million cars – NZGBC report

Mon, 19th Aug 2019

Constructing and renovating New Zealand buildings between now and 2050 could pump out climate change pollution equivalent to one million cars on the road every year, a new report on embodied carbon by New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) reveals.

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WorldGBC announces call for exemplary case studies for new Case Study Library

Mon, 29th Jul 2019

WorldGBC's interactive digital map-based case study library will be a centralised forum displaying the most cutting edge examples of sustainable building worldwide.

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2019 MENA Green Building Awards - application deadline extended

Mon, 22nd Jul 2019

Emirates Green Building Council has extended the deadline for applications for its annual MENA Green Building Awards to 10 August 2019 (Midnight UAE time). This year, the awards include a new category for Zero Building/Zero Building Design of the Year.

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New green building leaders join WorldGBC's Board of Directors

Mon, 1st Jul 2019

The World Green Building Council has today announced its new Board of Directors. 

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New Chairs & Vice Chairs appointed to WorldGBC's Regional Networks

Mon, 1st Jul 2019

The World Green Building Council has today announced the new Regional Chairs and Vice Chairs of its Regional Networks.

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World Green Building Council Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment reaches over 60 signatories

Wed, 25th Sep 2019

The World Green Building Council marks its 10th annual Word Green Building Week with new additions to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, signaling global industry leadership towards decarbonising the built environment to combat the climate crisis.

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New report: the building and construction sector can reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Mon, 23rd Sep 2019

With the support of more than 80 organisations, the World Green Building Council’s new report describes actions to revolutionise the buildings and construction sector towards a net zero future, through elimination of embodied carbon emissions.

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Zero Carbon Buildings for All Initiative Launched at UN Climate Action Summit

Mon, 23rd Sep 2019

The World Green Building Council is delighted to be partner of new multi-partner global initiative Zero Carbon Buildings for All, endorsed by the UN Secretary General and launched at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit.

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World Green Building Council partners with Earth Day Network to Support its 50th Anniversary in Landmark Year

Mon, 8th Jul 2019

WorldGBC is delighted to announce a partnership with the Earth Day Network that will support some of its flagship 50th anniversary campaigns with awareness raising and action, including a key citizen science initiative on air quality.

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Green building sector supports energy efficiency mortgages for Europe

Wed, 19th Jun 2019

A new report Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe: The Supporting Role of the Green Building Sector sets out roadmap to grow the market for energy efficiency mortgages - with potential to transform millions of buildings across Europe.

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World Green Building Council to shine a light on building lifecycle as campaign focus for World Green Building Week 2019

Wed, 5th Jun 2019

World Green Building Week (23-29 September 2019) will focus on end-to-end carbon emissions created across the building and construction industry, highlighting the need for the sustainable production, design, build, use, deconstruction and reuse of buildings and their materials.

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Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment surpasses 50 signatories in latest status report

Tue, 28th May 2019

In conjunction with Canada Green Building Council’s Accelerating to Zero Summit in Vancouver, the World Green Building Council celebrates more than 50 Commitment signatories in new Advancing Net Zero Status Report highlighting global industry action to combat the climate crisis.

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BUILD UPON2 - Boosting low carbon building renovation across Europe

Thu, 23rd May 2019

In conjunction with the URBAN FUTURE Global Conference in Oslo, the World Green Building Council and partners announce BUILD UPON2 - a project that will accelerate the renovation of existing buildings in European cities.

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Property Leaders Commit to Net Zero Future

Tue, 18th Dec 2018

Australia’s standing as a global leader in sustainable property has been strengthened with new commitments to zero net carbon emissions from a trio of top property companies.

 

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New guide outlines actions to make homes healthier for people and planet

Wed, 12th Dec 2018

Produced as part of WorldGBC's Better Places for People project, the Healthier Homes, Healthier Planet guide takes a combination of the latest research into air quality, thermal and acoustic comfort and lighting then translates it into simple, low-cost and practical strategies to make the home environment healthier for both people and planet.

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GlobalABC 2018 Global Status Report launched at COP24

Fri, 7th Dec 2018

Dramatic action will be needed by governments, cities and business if the global buildings and construction sector is to cut its carbon footprint in line with international agreements, according to 2018 Global Status Report, published today by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction.

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World Green Building Council and Chatham House form partnership to generate sustainable recovery and reconstruction in the Middle East and North Africa

Wed, 5th Dec 2018

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) MENA Regional Network and Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to commence efforts to encourage reconstruction efforts that foster environmental and social sustainability in war-torn countries across the Middle East & North Africa.

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The Hero for Net Zero in UAE? The Emirates Green Building Council

Tue, 12th Nov 2019

How is the building and construction sector in the UAE moving towards net zero? WorldGBC's MENA Regional Head Mohammad Asfour outlines the initiatives EmiratesGBC is undertaking to enable the nation to transition to a net zero carbon built environment.

Read more >
blog

Australia steps up to the challenge to decarbonise

Mon, 11th Nov 2019

When WorldGBC released its call to action on embodied carbon in September 2019, Australia’s leading organisations didn’t hesitate to endorse it. Twenty members of the Green Building Council of Australia backed the drastic action for the building and construction sector immediately. Find out how GBCA is driving momentum to recognise the importance of upfront and embodied carbon.

Read more >
blog

It’s not that easy being green

Tue, 1st Oct 2019

WorldGBC takes a closer look at the iconic building 'Bosco Verticale' in Milan, Italy to explore the benefits of its sustainability features and how it dealt with the challenge of considering whole lifecycle emissions, both operational and embodied; the trade-offs and co-benefits, and lessons for future projects.

Read more >
blog

Will a common vision for the global building sector make the world more sustainable?

Thu, 26th Sep 2019

A roadmap for the building and construction sector in Norway to achieve a common vision of zero emissions and a full circular economy in 2050 has sparked action to address both operational and embodied carbon emissions from buildings.

Read more >
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Reducing embodied carbon together

Wed, 18th Sep 2019

At a time of crucial climate focus, how is the construction industry taking united leadership action to reduce embodied carbon emissions? Niklas Nillroth, Vice President of Sustainability & Public Affairs at Volvo Construction Equipment discusses the path to a more sustainable future.

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Wishing you a pleasant stay: Why Dubai’s hotels are upgrading on energy efficiency

Fri, 9th Aug 2019

Hotels in Dubai are reaping the rewards of saving energy and water, thanks to Emirates GBC's commitment to the Building Efficiency Accelerator programme to improve energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of buildings in the UAE.

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From Blueprint to Bill: NYC Building Emissions Law - How the groundbreaking climate legislation came into effect

Thu, 20th Jun 2019

Join WorldGBC Americas for a joint webinar with Urban Green Council about how NYC's groundbreaking climate legislation Local Law 97 went from blueprint to bill on Wednesday 17 July at 09:00-10:00 EST

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Collaboration, Consensus & Change: Three C’s for Circularity

Thu, 13th Jun 2019

WorldGBC Europe's Head of Projects Stephen Richardson demystifies how to achieve circularity in the built environment and outlines how European Green Building Councils are taking measures to close the loop for buildings and construction.

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Wake up, air ranger! How citizens can catalyse government action on air pollution

Wed, 12th Jun 2019

Dutch Green Building Council's Jan Kadijk outlines how citizen 'air rangers' can take action on air pollution by measuring their local air quality, prompting governments to enact policies to tackle air quality - and the opportunity this presents for Green Building Councils.

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Does your Indoor Air #SparkJoy?

Thu, 23rd May 2019

MANN + HUMMEL's Joelle Chen argues how by taking a data-driven approach to healthy buildings and measuring our indoor air quality, we can find out the nutritional value of our air - and take simple, practical steps to improve it.

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Clearing the Air: How Beijing is building up to better air quality

Wed, 15th May 2019

With air pollution in Beijing a longtime and well documented environmental and health crisis, Mr Wang Qingqin of China Academy of Building Research (CABR) details some of the improvements to ambient (outdoor) air quality in Beijing, and the impact of these improvements on indoor environmental quality.

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“Be a bold leader and keep fighting the good fight” - Romilly Madew's farewell message for green building movement

Fri, 12th Apr 2019

This month, long-standing CEO of the Green Building Council Australia Romilly Madew steps down to lead Infrastructure Australia. Here the global green building thought leader leaves some final thoughts and advice for our community.

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ÖGNI Position Paper: Social Sustainability

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

In cooperation with an expert group, the ÖGNI (Austrian Sustainable Building Council) has defined standards for measuring the social sustainability of buildings and identifies three focal points: Holistic view of the neighborhood, operation of buildings and flexibility.

Read more >
publication

ÖGNI Position Paper: Benchmarks in Operation

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

The ÖGNI Position Paper: Benchmarks in Operation outlines how sustainability can only be achieved through sensible, efficient building operation; and proves that sustainability and efficient operation go hand in hand.

Read more >
publication

ÖGNI Position Paper: Smart Cities

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

Although the term "Smart City" is widely used, a clear definition is still missing. This ÖGNI position paper aims to clarify ÖGNI's position on Smart Cities, make the term Smart Cities more specific for urban development stakeholders, support and guide urban developers in their attempts to implement the Smart City concept and develop a basis for the certification of Smart Cities.

Read more >
publication

Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront

Mon, 23rd Sep 2019

With the support of more than 80 organisations, the World Green Building Council’s report describes actions to revolutionise the buildings and construction sector towards a net zero future, through elimination of embodied carbon emissions.

Read more >
publication

Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe: The Supporting Role of the Green Building Sector

Wed, 19th Jun 2019

The report Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe: The Supporting Role of the Green Building Sector sets out a roadmap to grow the market for green mortgages - with the potential to transform millions of buildings across Europe.

Read more >
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Advancing Net Zero Status Report 2019

Tue, 28th May 2019

The Advancing Net Zero Status Report 2019 highlights leadership action helping to shift the market towards net zero carbon operational emissions in buildings.

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Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition

Tue, 30th Apr 2019

UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) publication details framework definition for net zero carbon buildings to provide UK industry with clarity on how to achieve net zero carbon in construction and operation.

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Healthier Homes, Healthier Planet

Wed, 12th Dec 2018

Produced as part of WorldGBC's Better Places for People project, the Healthier Homes, Healthier Planet guide takes a combination of the latest research into air quality, thermal and acoustic comfort and lighting then translates it into simple, low-cost and practical strategies to make the home environment healthier for both people and planet.

Read more >
publication

World Green Building Council Annual Report 2017/18

Mon, 10th Dec 2018

The World Green Building Council's Annual Report for 2017/18 outlines the major achievements of the organisation and its global network of Green Building Councils.

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2018 Global Status Report - Towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector

Fri, 7th Dec 2018

The report presents a global snapshot on the status of the building and construction sector, released annually to track the progress of this sector which is critical to the success of the Paris Agreement and limiting global warming to well below 2°C.

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World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report

Tue, 13th Nov 2018

New World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report outlines the findings from the preeminent survey on green building featuring participants from 2,000 building professionals in 86 countries.

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WorldGBC snapshots detail net zero carbon standards developed by Green Building Councils

Tue, 30th Oct 2018

Download snapshots detailing the key information about the six net zero carbon standards released so far by Green Building Councils participating in the global Advancing Net Zero project

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