thought leadership

We can embed social value within the entire lifecycle of a build

Fri, 22nd Oct 2021

A reflection from WorldGBC’s #BetterPlacesForPeople webinar (7 July 2021) on the complex issues of social value in the built environment  - by Sara Kawamura, Better Places for People Project Officer, World Green Building Council.

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Ahead of COP26, green business leaders around the world call for government and industry action on buildings and infrastructure

Wed, 20th Oct 2021

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has published a new report, ‘Beyond Buildings: Why an integrated approach to buildings and infrastructure is essential for climate action and sustainability’, which  argues for systemic and integrated infrastructure solutions to improve sustainability outcomes. 

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Pioneering the first net zero sustainable development in the Philippines

Mon, 18th Oct 2021

Arthaland Corporation (Philippines) won the Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance Award (2020 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards) for their multi-certified project, the Arthaland Century Pacific Tower, a flagship office development of Arthaland Corporation in the Philippines.

In this blog, Oliver Chan, Senior Vice-President, shares the story behind the first certified net zero development in the Philippines.

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New Renovation tool will help cities tackle climate, economic and health crises

Thu, 14th Oct 2021

The BUILD UPON2 framework helps local governments measure the full benefits of building retrofit, including environmental, social and economic impacts such as carbon savings, energy poverty alleviation and job creation.

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WorldGBC Africa Regional Network Manifesto 2021

Thu, 14th Oct 2021

Launching the Africa Regional Network Advocacy Manifesto.

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Welcome to the network: Vietnam Green Building Council rejoins WorldGBC

Thu, 30th Sep 2021

WorldGBC is proud to welcome back Vietnam Green Building Council (VGBC), which has rejoined the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) as a Prospective member.

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Pakistan's another step towards the decarbonisation of its built environment and its socio-economic impact

Thu, 30th Sep 2021

Pakistan GBC supports national brick kilns initiative to convert dated practices to new green technology that will accelerate positive environmental and socioeconomic impacts. 

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Climate action and humanity’s ‘code red’

Thu, 23rd Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Provided by Knauf Insulation, this blog looks at how European policy can stimulate the necessary acceleration and depth of building renovation to achieve climate targets.

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Sustainable construction in the face of climate change

Wed, 22nd Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Provided by BASF, this blog investigates solutions for the construction sector to help withstand future disasters.

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How the real estate sector can promote ecosystem collaboration

Wed, 22nd Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Provided by Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer at City Developments Limited (CDL) and Vice Chair of the World Green Building Council Corporate Advisory Board (CAB), this blog reviews how the real estate sector can promote ecosystem collaboration.

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Building with a conscience: stewardship & stakeholder engagement

Wed, 22nd Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Written by Edo Rem, Director Marketing Forbo Flooring Systems and member of the World Green Building Council Corporate Advisory Board, this blog explores integrity and stewardship in action.

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Three new companies join WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Wed, 26th May 2021

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) welcomes three new additions to its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment: ARA Asset Management Limited, B+H Architects and Currie & Brown.

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WorldGBC announced as New European Bauhaus partner

Tue, 18th May 2021

The World Green Building Council has been named by the European Commission’s New European Bauhaus as a project partner.

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Join the #RaceToZero and help the building and construction sector achieve breakthrough net zero targets

Tue, 11th May 2021

2021 is the year of COP26, and we need your help to demonstrate the existing leadership action from the built environment.

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Private sector supporting a net zero built environment agenda in Asia Pacific

Mon, 10th May 2021

WorldGBC announces two new Asia Pacific Net Zero Collaborators, AEC Group (Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited) and Pan-United Corporation Ltd, joining Ronald Lu & Partners and CLP Power Hong Kong.

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Five new companies join WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Thu, 29th Apr 2021

WorldGBC welcomes five new additions to its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment: Deloitte, Hibernia REIT plc, Lloyds Banking Group, MACE, and Watkins Payne Partnership.

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WorldGBC welcomes Forbo to its Corporate Advisory Board

Tue, 13th Apr 2021

Forbo Flooring Systems joins the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Corporate Advisory Board.

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WorldGBC welcomes LafargeHolcim to its Corporate Advisory Board

Mon, 12th Apr 2021

LafargeHolcim joins the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) Corporate Advisory Board for 2021.

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WorldGBC launches Building Perspective interview series

Fri, 9th Apr 2021

Watch the first episode of Building Perspective with Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive of UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).

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WorldGBC’s response on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive review

Tue, 23rd Mar 2021

WorldGBC has submitted a position paper on the review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

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Two WorldGBC CAB members join the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Tue, 9th Mar 2021

The leading initiative focused on climate action in the built environment, WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment challenges businesses and organisations across the world to decarbonise their building portfolios.

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WorldGBC welcomes Swire Properties to its Corporate Advisory Board

Fri, 5th Mar 2021

Swire Properties joins the World Green Building Council’s Corporate Advisory Board for 2021.

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WorldGBC’s recommendations on the Energy Efficiency Directive review

Tue, 23rd Feb 2021

WorldGBC has submitted a position paper on the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

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24 European cities join drive to renovate buildings and deliver on climate objectives

Mon, 10th May 2021

WorldGBC’s Europe Regional Network announces that 24 cities across Europe, including the capital cities Madrid, Rome and Zagreb have joined the European Union (EU)-funded BUILD UPON2 project.

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Lendlease accelerates a net zero built environment through WorldGBC partnership

Wed, 5th May 2021

Lendlease partners with WorldGBC on its Advancing Net Zero climate action programme, supporting the programme’s aim of decarbonising the sector by 2050. An aim that requires an unprecedented transformation in the way that buildings are designed, built, operated and deconstructed. 

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Four new companies join WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Thu, 11th Feb 2021

WorldGBC welcomes four new additions to its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment: Siemens AG, City Developments Limited, Charter Hall and NEO Property Management Inc.

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WorldGBC announces 18 new signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Fri, 11th Dec 2020

On the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitments spike to reach 128 total signatories, with businesses and organisations covering over 5 million (tCO2e) of portfolio emissions.

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WorldGBC launches #BuildingLife project to deliver EU Green Deal

Mon, 7th Dec 2020

European Green Building Councils will develop 10 national roadmaps and an EU policy roadmap to decarbonise the built environment across the whole lifecycle.

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WorldGBC spotlights female leader driving Asia Pacific’s sustainable building movement

Tue, 1st Dec 2020

The WorldGBC ‘Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards’, showcases the businesses and innovators breaking ground for sustainable buildings. One of this year’s categories, Women in Green Building Leadership Award, celebrates the inspiring female leaders from the movement. 

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11th Annual World Green Building Week Sparks Over 200 Events Across 40 Countries

Mon, 21st Sep 2020

11th Annual World Green Building Week (21–25 Sept.) Sparks Over 214 Events Across 40 Countries with 415 Hours of Content to Combat Climate Change.

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New strategy tackles the climate emergency in a post-COVID built environment

Tue, 1st Sep 2020

WorldGBC network launches Sustainable Buildings for Everyone, Everywhere — a new strategy to tackle the climate emergency, health and wellbeing, and resource efficiency issues in the built environment.

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100 businesses, organisations and governments from across the globe commit to net zero carbon buildings

Wed, 19th Aug 2020

World Green Building Council celebrates doubling the number of signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment from 50 to 100 in just over one year.

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Sustainable Building innovators commended through prestigious WorldGBC Chair’s Award

Mon, 29th Jun 2020

In recognition of their commitment and innovation towards a sustainable built environment, a pioneering embodied carbon calculator and a trailblazing climate leader receive a World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Chair’s Award.

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World Green Building Council launches #ActOnClimate as campaign focus for World Green Building Week 2020

Fri, 5th Jun 2020

Nearly 100 corporations and organisations sign global commitment to make buildings net zero by 2030 or sooner. World Green Building Council announces new call for government action on climate change.

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WorldGBC and GRESB join forces to drive net zero carbon buildings

Thu, 30th Apr 2020

The World Green Building Council has announced GRESB, the leading global sustainability benchmark for real estate portfolios, will reward companies that make a Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

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How sustainable buildings are #BuildingResilience and driving the Sustainable Development Goals

Tue, 21st Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

In this blog, CEO Cristina Gamboa looks at examples of WorldGBC projects that are driving the sustainable building transition and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Safety + Sustainability = 3 Cs

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

In their second blog, Signify looks at some of the ways LED can have a positive impact on the sustainability of our homes, workplaces and schools.

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We have one decade to act

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Provided by Multiplex, this blog addresses the key messages behind their pathway to net zero 'One Decade to Act'. 

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On the road to COP26, we need ambitious climate action and transparent reporting

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Provided by Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Chief Sustainability Officer at Majid Al Futtaim and Chair of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Corporate Advisory Board, this blog delves into the challenges in the MENA region.

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Decarbonisation: what are you waiting for?

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Written by Dave Hopping, CEO, Smart Infrastructure Solutions & Services, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, this blog takes a deep dive into the decarbonisation strategy.

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Europe needs to get tough and switch to LED to meet its emission reduction targets

Thu, 16th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Written by Neil Pattie, Head of External Communications, Signify calls for tough action from EU states to meet emission reduction targets by making the switch to smart LED lighting.

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Calling on Canada Green Building Council — our first Americas Building Perspective

Mon, 13th Sep 2021

In our first Americas region episode of Building Perspective, Thomas Mueller, CEO, Canada Green Building Council (Canada GBC), talks to us about the business of GBCs and the marriage of profit and purpose.

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Can indoor finishings improve the air we breathe?

Thu, 19th Aug 2021

In our latest Better Places for People thought leadership series, Willem Burmanje, Director Strategic Communications at Forbo Flooring, discusses the impact which indoor finishings and flooring can have on the air quality within our schools, homes and work spaces.

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The factory in the forest which connects workers to nature

Fri, 13th Aug 2021

Paramit Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Malaysia) won the Leadership in Design, Commercial Award (2020 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards) for their multi-award-winning electronics factory in Penang Science Park, Malaysia.

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Can we achieve healthy indoor air quality and net zero during a global pandemic?

Thu, 5th Aug 2021

A reflection from WorldGBC’s webinar on the challenges of prioritising health and net zero during a pandemic — by Sara Kawamura, Better Places for People Project Officer, WorldGBC.

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A campus with community and nature at its heart

Mon, 28th Jun 2021

Chai Wan Campus for the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) has won the Sustainable Design and Performance Award (2020 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards) for creating an enlightening space which works in harmony with the community. In this blog, Mr. Leung Man-Kit, Director of Sustainable Design, Ronald Lu & Partners (Hong Kong) Limited, discusses the art of building around life to create a space for life to thrive.

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Something in the air? Green Building Council Cameroon find out with Plant a Sensor

Fri, 4th Jun 2021

In this latest instalment of the Better Places for People thought leadership series, Roger Nwancha, Chief Executive Officer at GBC CAM, explains the innovative approach they are taking towards understanding the air over the city of Yaounde through the Plant a Sensor project.

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2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction

Wed, 11th Dec 2019

The 2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction released by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction at COP25 in Madrid, shows that CO2 emissions from the world’s buildings and their construction remain stubbornly at around 39% of total carbon dioxide emissions.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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New Renovation tool will help cities tackle climate, economic and health crises

Thu, 14th Oct 2021

The BUILD UPON2 framework helps local governments measure the full benefits of building retrofit, including environmental, social and economic impacts such as carbon savings, energy poverty alleviation and job creation.

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BUILD UPON2 City Series part 2: Budaörs

Wed, 14th Apr 2021

WorldGBC finds out how the city of Budaörs is preparing to use the BUILD UPON2 framework to monitor renovation.

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WorldGBC’s response on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive review

Tue, 23rd Mar 2021

WorldGBC has submitted a position paper on the review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

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WorldGBC’s recommendations on the Energy Efficiency Directive review

Tue, 23rd Feb 2021

WorldGBC has submitted a position paper on the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

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