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Buildings and Energy: A brochure of the ÖGNI working group

Mon, 4th May 2020

This brochure offers decision-makers in the real estate and energy industries, as well as urban and municipal developers, a broad overview of the topics of decentralised energy generation and supply.

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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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Towards zero-carbon building

Mon, 27th Apr 2020

Cristina Gamboa, WorldGBC CEO, outlines why eliminating carbon from the building and construction sector by mid-century will require radical transformation for UNA-UK.

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Air Quality in the Built Environment - Live Webinar Series

Thu, 16th Apr 2020

In celebration of 50 years of Earth Day, and in partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition and Earth Day Network, the World Green Building Council is pleased to present a live webinar series: Air Quality in the Built Environment.

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Starting a 'Renovation Wave'

Tue, 14th Apr 2020

Europe has seized its ‘man on the moon’ moment, inspiring the seemingly impossible to become possible. In setting out a bold vision to become the first climate neutral continent, the EU is looking to inspire a global ‘space race’ to net zero emissions.

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Nominations now open for WorldGBC Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards 2020

Mon, 6th Apr 2020

WorldGBC has opened nominations for its prestigious WorldGBC Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards 2020. The awards celebrate buildings pushing the envelope in sustainability, inspiring companies that have integrated sustainability into the core of their operations, and women leadership in the green building space.

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Catalysts of Urban Change Post Coronavirus

Mon, 6th Apr 2020

Many choose the place they live based on the proximity to where they work, balancing affordability with lifestyle choices. If, following the COVID-19 crisis, people are going to work much more from home, what does this mean for cities?

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WorldGBC announces film series to be produced by BBC StoryWorks

Tue, 31st Mar 2020

The World Green Building Council is delighted to announce that BBC StoryWorks will be producing a landmark film series on sustainable buildings and construction, launching later this year.

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The contribution of green buildings in the fight against COVID-19

Mon, 23rd Mar 2020

December 2019 saw an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which has now spread widely around the world. Prevention and control are key elements when facing major public health emergencies.

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WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment surpasses 80 signatories

Wed, 11th Mar 2020

WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment surpasses 80 signatories. As we enter a decade of climate action, WorldGBC is proud to announce three new signatories, Keva, Avison Young UK and Lemay who have joined the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.

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Kingspan backs international project to ensure all buildings are net zero emissions by 2050

Mon, 9th Mar 2020

Kingspan, a global leader in solutions for high performance, low carbon buildings, has announced its support of the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) ambitious campaign to ensure that all buildings are net zero carbon emissions by 2050

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Coalition call on EU for ambitious circular construction plans to meet new Climate Law

Fri, 6th Mar 2020

World Green Building Council and a coalition of over 60 organisations across the buildings and construction sector signed an open letter calling on the European Commission to deliver bold new circular economy policy.

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Renovating buildings a step towards climate targets

Thu, 20th Feb 2020

Long-term renovation strategies (LTRS) are a requirement of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) for all member states.

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Korea Green Building Council rejoins WorldGBC as Established GBC

Wed, 5th Feb 2020

The Korea Green Building Council (Korea GBC) has rejoined the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) as an Established Green Building Council (GBC), the top tier of membership.

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How UKGBC is advancing net zero

Wed, 5th Feb 2020

WorldGBC’s global project Advancing Net Zero is pleased to present the latest snapshot detailing Green Building Council (GBC) action towards net zero carbon buildings: UKGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition.

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Spotlight on Deloitte

Tue, 4th Feb 2020

WorldGBC is delighted to present ‘1 New Street Square’, an exemplary new case study into buildings that display best practice approaches that enhance the health and wellbeing of their occupants. 

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Help us build a better future - apply to join our Board of Directors

Tue, 4th Feb 2020

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is looking for new Board Directors to help steer our global network towards green buildings for everyone everywhere.

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New guidance on building renovation in Europe

Mon, 3rd Feb 2020

Some 97% of Europe’s existing building stock is inefficient. Given that the buildings sector is responsible for approximately 36% CO2 emissions and 40% of energy consumption in Europe, there is great potential for energy and emissions reductions.

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New partner for Americas Regional Network

Tue, 28th Jan 2020

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Americas Regional Network welcomes the Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy (BASE) as new partner.

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WorldGBC joins United Nations Global Compact!

Tue, 28th Jan 2020

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is delighted to announce our participation as a member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).

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Big step-up in ambition needed to put buildings and construction on track to meet Paris Agreement goals, warns Global ABC report

Wed, 11th Dec 2019

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

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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