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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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WorldGBC announces newly elected Chair and Vice Chairs of its Corporate Advisory Board

Mon, 1st Jul 2019

Today WorldGBC has announced the newly elected Chair and Vice Chair of its Corporate Advisory Board.

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Hungary Green Building Council progresses to Established Member of WorldGBC

Fri, 28th Jun 2019

The World Green Building Council is delighted to announce that Hungary Green Building Council has progressed to Established GBC status within the WorldGBC membership tier. 

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China GBC starts delivering on net zero

Fri, 28th Jun 2019

After a first successful year of being part of the WorldGBC global network, China Green Building Council has been actively engaged in a range of initiatives to support our collective mission for green buildings for everyone, everywhere.

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WorldGBC Europe publishes advocacy manifesto urging decision makers to recognise vital role of built environment sector in delivering a climate neutral Europe

Thu, 27th Jun 2019

Over 20 countries from WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network have published a manifesto, A Sustainable Built Environment at the Heart of Europe’s Future urging decision makers to recognise the vital role that the built environment sector plays in delivering a climate neutral Europe. 

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Brandix becomes first Sri Lankan business to join Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Wed, 5th Jun 2019

Today, on World Environment Day, 5 June, WorldGBC is proud to announce that Brandix has joined the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. Brandix is both the first Sri Lankan company and first apparel manufacturer to sign up. 

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WorldGBC launches #BuildingLife resources for World Green Building Week 2019

Wed, 5th Jun 2019

WorldGBC has launched the resources for World Green Building Week 2019 under the theme #BuildingLife which focuses on reducing carbon emissions from all stages of a building’s lifecycle. The resources will help Green Building Councils, their members, and Partners prepare for the week.

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WorldGBC CEO news

Tue, 4th Jun 2019

The World Green Building Council CEO Terri Wills, who is currently on maternity leave, will step down from her role in July 2019, while interim CEO Cristina Gamboa will continue as permanent CEO.

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Americas Green Building Councils scale up green building transformation in cities

Fri, 31st May 2019

Earlier this month in Costa Rica, WorldGBC's Americas Regional Network held the inaugural Regional Workshop 2019: Building Energy Efficiency and Net Zero Roadmaps for Cities - here's a summary on how our GBCs are scaling up sustainable transformation in the Americas.

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UN-Habitat, WorldGBC and Chatham House join forces to develop a regional agenda for sustainable recovery, regeneration and reconstruction for the Arab region

Thu, 30th May 2019

The MoU will lay the groundwork for a regional agenda for sustainable recovery, regeneration and reconstruction in which the rebuilt environment contributes to healthy, resource secure and climate resilient societies.

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The Cities Climate Action Project takes a leading position in Latin America

Fri, 17th May 2019

The WorldGBC Americas Regional Network has taken the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) to more cities and countries in the Americas. New signatories for the program include Belen in Costa Rica, Guatemala City in Guatemala, the State of Campeche in Mexico, and Cali and Monteria in Colombia.

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Applications now open for 2019 MENA Green Building Awards

Thu, 16th May 2019

Emirates Green Building Council has opened applications for its annual MENA Green Building Awards. The application window will run from 1 May – 27 July 2019. This year, the awards include a new category for Zero Building/Zero Building Design of the Year.

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World Green Building Council welcomes Surbana Jurong to Corporate Advisory Board

Thu, 16th May 2019

The Surbana Jurong Group has joined WorldGBC's Corporate Advisory Board for 2019. The Corporate Advisory Board is 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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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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Latest World Green Building Trends: Nearly Half of Survey Respondents Expect to Make 60% of their Projects Green in Next 3 Years

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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Colombia and Mexico set to boost Green Buildings with P4G Award for Cities Climate Action Project supported by the Building Efficiency Accelerator

Sat, 20th Oct 2018

Buildings in Colombia and Mexico may get a green makeover thanks to expanded support for energy efficiency programs after winning a $600,000 award that transitions buildings at scale to save energy and prepare cities for a net zero future announced today at the Copenhagen P4G Summit.

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Bogotá Doubles Down on Efficiency Efforts With Support From Building Efficiency Accelerator

Wed, 3rd Oct 2018

Today, Bogotá, Colombia announced a new policy for more energy-efficient construction that is expected to reduce energy and water use in new buildings by 20 percent and 30 percent, respectively, when fully implemented, as part of a new phase of the Building Efficiency Accelerator initiative.

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New Report Sets Out How Mortgage Lenders Can Protect Borrowers from the Financial Risks of Climate Change

Mon, 24th Sep 2018

Today, WorldGBC launched a new report setting out a vision for how mortgage lenders and borrowers can come together to help tackle climate change by improving millions of properties across Europe. The report calls on lenders, industry and government to grow a new mass market for energy efficient mortgages and make them available to every borrower on the continent.

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Leaders Commit to Save 209 Million Tonnes of Carbon Emissions Equivalent (Co2e) by 2050 at Launch of World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Thu, 13th Sep 2018

Today, the World Green Building Council officially launched its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment as part of the momentous Global Climate Action Summit, celebrating 38 founding signatories.

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Major European banks launch new green mortgage scheme

Thu, 14th Jun 2018

Today, the (WorldGBC) Europe network and 37 major European banks launched a new energy efficiency mortgage pilot scheme, marking a major signal from investors that green building is a key growth market for Europe.

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World Green Building Council Calls on Companies Across the World to Make their Buildings Net Zero Carbon

Wed, 6th Jun 2018

The World Green Building Council today opened their new Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment and called on market leaders in the building and construction sector to join as signatories.

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New report makes business case for building green with health and wellbeing features

Tue, 24th Apr 2018

New WorldGBC report highlights the tangible economic benefits of green building and showcases how occupant satisfaction imrpoves when companies implement green building features in existing green structures.

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World Green Building Council and China Green Building Council announce partnership to accelerate commitment to reduce carbon in the world's largest building market

Mon, 2nd Apr 2018

This partnership is hugely significant as China is the largest building construction market in the world, with up to 2 billion square meters constructed annually, accounting for nearly half of new construction globally in the coming decade.  

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New report shows green improvements in school buildings have positive impacts on student performance

Wed, 29th Nov 2017

Achieving optimal levels in school buildings for air quality, lighting, temperature and acoustics through green improvements, can help students achieve their full potential, a new report from WorldGBC presents.

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Energy Efficient Mortgages could play central role in Europe’s new sustainable finance strategy

Thu, 26th Oct 2017

Energy efficient mortgages could play a central role in Europe’s new strategy for sustainable finance, states a White Paper published today under the EU funded ‘Energy Efficient Mortgages Action Plan’ (EeMAP) Initiative.

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A New Focus for Urban Green: Global Climate Solutions

Thu, 4th Apr 2019

Following the announcement of WorldGBC Americas new partnership with Urban Green Council to accelerate climate action in cities, Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck explains the importance of this partnership in transforming New York City's built environment towards sustainability and the example NYC can set globally.

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World Water Day: Every drop counts in a region where water is the most precious natural resource

Fri, 22nd Mar 2019

To mark World Water Day, Emirates GBC shares insights on what water means to the UAE, an arid and desert climate, and how the country and the green building industry are taking steps to conserve this precious resource.

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#BalanceforBetter - a reminder this International Women's Day why we need gender equality to save the planet

Fri, 8th Mar 2019

In celebration of IWD2019, WorldGBC showcases seven of the many incredible women from our green building movement who are dedicating their expertise, passion and bravery to create a better world for all, offer real hope for the future and explain why gender equality has to be part of the solution.

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Constructing a greener world can't happen without women

Fri, 8th Mar 2019

Despite construction still being a male-dominated industry, more than 50% of the CEOs running Green Building Councils are women, WorldGBC CEO Cristina tells the Thomson Reuters Foundation on International Women's Day 2019.

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The Climate Change Challenge: How can the industry help achieve a built environment fit for the future?

Wed, 6th Mar 2019

Ahead of Futurebuild 2019, WorldGBC CEO Cristina Gamboa highlights examples of leadership action to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and construction.

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5 reasons to attend MENA Green Building Congress 2019

Mon, 11th Feb 2019

WorldGBC’s MENA Green Building Congress 2019 will bring together government, business, city and civil society leaders to exchange ideas on best practice for green buildings to address the region’s environmental, economic and social challenges. Here's 5 reasons why this exclusive event is not to be missed.

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“Collaboration is the new innovation” – a powerful idea for the green building movement

Wed, 23rd Jan 2019

With collaboration increasingly cited as the new innovation, WorldGBC’s Matt Adams explores the notion behind this statement, and the opportunity it presents for decarbonising our built environment.

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COP24: Time to address the building and construction sector’s total emissions impact

Thu, 6th Dec 2018

As nations all over the globe tackle operational emissions from buildings, we must challenge ourselves to address our sector’s total emissions impact if we are to deliver a truly net zero carbon building stock. COP24 must mark the beginning of a major global campaign to take on this challenge - one on which Europe must lead the world.

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Advancing Net Zero in High-rise, High-density Asian Cities: Possibility or a Pipe Dream?

Thu, 15th Nov 2018

In many Asian cities, carbon footprint and energy consumption are significant: Asian cities are bursting at the seams, and as people move into cities for work, air conditioning is required for comfort and productivity. How does one achieve net zero carbon in such a challenging context of hot, humid and high-density? WorldGBC offers some solutions.

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Improving Buildings and Lives Across Latin America – with Women as Leaders

Mon, 12th Nov 2018

A green building revolution is under way in Latin America, one that will improve the health and well-being of future generations, and it’s being led by women.  Thanks to a new cash injection, this is a revolution that will spread far and wide, creating resilient communities at the forefront of fighting climate change, blogs WorldGBC's Juanita Alvarez.

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WorldGBC responds to IPCC: The entire building and construction supply chain must decarbonise by 2050 to reach 1.5 degrees

Mon, 8th Oct 2018

Following the IPCC report warning that every secotor must decarbonise by 2050 to mitigate the effects of climate change, WorldGBC will begin work to assess how the increasing emissions from building and construction can reach net zero by 2050.

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Ensuring the Habitats of Future Generations through Green Buildings

Fri, 5th Oct 2018

WorldGBC's Head of Advancing Net Zero Victoria Burrows explains how the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment marks an unprecedented breakthrough on climate action for buildings that will improve the lives of millions for generations to come.

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Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe: Towards a New Market Standard

Mon, 24th Sep 2018

Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe: Towards a New Market Standard tackles how Europe should finance the building of an energy efficiency revolution needed to slash the 40% of Europe’s carbon emissions that come from its buildings – a staggering 97% of which are inefficient. 

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Doing Right by Planet and People: The Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building

Tue, 24th Apr 2018

In conjunction with Earth Day, the World Green Building Council's new report Doing Right by Planet and People: The Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building urges companies to make green improvements.

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Infographic: The Pathways to Net Zero Carbon Buildings

Tue, 6th Mar 2018

Find out the pathways to advancing net zero carbon buildings, as well as the key milestone dates of WorldGBC's Advancing Net Zero project, and the four key project principles. 

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Capturing the Value of Sustainability: Identifying the links between sustainability and business value

Thu, 18th Jan 2018

Businesses in the built environment are being empowered to make the business case for environmental action and to measure the value they derive from such practices, thanks to a new UKGBC report.

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Global Status Report 2017

Mon, 11th Dec 2017

This Global Status Report 2017 reconfirms the significance of the buildings and construction sector in global emissions, and shows that while efforts to decarbonise are progressing, the pace and scale of improvement is still not enough to meet global climate ambitions.

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WorldGBC Annual Report 2016/17

Wed, 6th Dec 2017

The World Green Building Council's Annual Report for 2016/17 outlines the major achievements of the organisation and its global network of Green Building Councils.

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Better Places for People - Research on Health, Wellbeing and Performance in Green Schools

Wed, 29th Nov 2017

Our Better Places for People infographics provide a snapshot of the major research which shows how green school buildings can have positive impacts on students and their learning performance.

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Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe - A Review of Building Performance Indicators that Impact Mortgage Credit Risk

Thu, 26th Oct 2017

This report by the WorldGBC’s European Regional Network (under the Energy Efficient Mortgages Action Plan Initiative) explores how energy efficient mortgages could work in terms of building performance assessment.

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From Thousands to Billions - Coordinated Action towards 100% Net Zero Carbon Buildings By 2050

Wed, 31st May 2017

Through its report From Thousands to Billions, WorldGBC calls for a dramatic and ambitious transformation towards a completely zero carbon built environment by 2050. 

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BUILD UPON - Recommendations for National Renovation Strategies

Wed, 26th Apr 2017

13 Green Building Councils in Europe have played a leading role in helping national governments to create ‘national renovation strategies’. Their recommendations are compiled in this publication.

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UK-GBC Wellbeing Lab: Offices - A Compendium of Experience

Wed, 19th Apr 2017

UK-GBC has launched a new publication detailing the experiences of participants in its “Wellbeing Labs” initiative, conducted through the WorldGBC’s Better Places for People project.

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WorldGBC Annual Report 2015/2016

Tue, 6th Dec 2016

The World Green Building Council's Annual Report for 2015/2016 outlines the major achievements of the organisation and its global network of Green Building Councils.

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