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The Global Push for Net Zero Buildings and Homes

Thu, 27th Sep 2018

Reducing the energy consumption of our buildings isn’t just a policy issue for governments – it’s a change we’re all empowered to make. Our homes are where we sleep, eat and build our lives, so it makes sense that they’re also the first place most of us can have our biggest impact, says WorldGBC's Angela Howarth.

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Why Green Building Councils are Essential Partners in the Fight to Decarbonise our Cities

Wed, 26th Sep 2018

As four cities in South Africa sign WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, GBCSA's Manfred Braune explains how Green Building Councils will play an integral role in ensuring cities deliver on their pledges to net zero carbon buildings.

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How Costa Rica is Transforming its Homes into Green Buildings

Wed, 26th Sep 2018

With an ever growing demand for residential buildings in Costa Rica, Arch. Esteban Cervantes outlines the measures that Green Building Council Costa Rica is taking to successfully transform the country's homes into green - and affordable - buildings.

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How Guatemala is turning a catastrophe into an opportunity for green building

Wed, 26th Sep 2018

After a recent volcano eruption destroyed alomost 200 homes across the centre-south of Guatemala leaving 180 families homeless, Guatemala GBC seized the opportunity to build new sustainable and climate-resilient housing, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

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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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Welcome to World Green Building Week 2018!

Mon, 24th Sep 2018

It’s here! The 9th annual World Green Building Week starts today! Find out how you too can join the thousands of climate action advocates and our network of Green Building Councils and Partners promoting action on this year’s theme of green homes. 

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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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Sustainable Communities: Leading the way to Net Zero Living - Register for the Webinars!

Fri, 21st Sep 2018

This World Green Building Week, join WorldGBC and exclusive guests for two webinars on Sustainable Communities: Leading the way to Net Zero Living, as part of WorldGBC's #HomeGreenHome and #AdvancingNetZero campaigns.

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Why it's Time to Build Better Homes in New Zealand

Mon, 17th Sep 2018

In the second blog in WorldGBC's #HomeGreenHome series for World Green Building Week 2018, NZGBC's Niall Bennett explains the country's sub-standard building code means too many New Zealanders live in cold, damp, unhealthy places and how NZGBC is taking action to improve the country's housing stock.

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Why Green Homes are Critical for Socioeconomic Development in Perú

Mon, 17th Sep 2018

Although Perú may be one of Latin America's most thriving economies, an alarming 70% of the country's construction remains informal - most of it informal housing projects. In the third blog in the #HomeGreenHome series for World Green Building Week 2018, Francesca Mayer Martinelli explains how Perú GBC is working to overcome this challenge.

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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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Businesses, Cities, States and Regions Step up Climate Ambition and Commit to Net Zero Carbon Buildings at Global Climate Action Summit

Thu, 13th Sep 2018

The World Green Building Council launches its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment at the momentous Global Climate Action Summit, celebrating 38 founding signatories.

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Time for heroes - Welcome to World Green Building Week 2017!

Mon, 25th Sep 2017

Thousands of climate action advocates, Green Building Councils, businesses and non-profits are turning up the volume on the need for green buildings as part of World Green Building Week.

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Nationwide retrofit strategy could cut over half of emissions from Canada’s large buildings, finds report

Thu, 21st Sep 2017

Large buildings in Canada such as office towers, hospitals and arenas could cut their emissions by up to 51 per cent, according to a new report published by the Canada Green Building Council.

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Heroes unmasked – join our webinars for World Green Building Week

Thu, 14th Sep 2017

WorldGBC is hosting two webinars - Heroes unmasked: A WorldGBC introduction to net zero buildings - during World Green Building Week on Wednesday 27 September. 

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AkzoNobel re-claims top industry ranking in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Tue, 12th Sep 2017

AkzoNobel has returned to the top of the influential sustainability ranking system for the fifth time in six years, to lead the rankings for companies in the Chemicals industry.

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WorldGBC membership surpasses 75 Green Building Councils as Serbia joins

Fri, 8th Sep 2017

Membership of the World Green Building Council has surpassed 75 Green Building Councils – as Serbia has joined as the 76th member at the Prospective level.

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Promoting wellbeing at work is more than a 'box-ticking' exercise, finds JLL report

Thu, 31st Aug 2017

A new study by JLL, the global real estate firm and a member of WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board, has found that helping people to feel good at work is more than a 'box-ticking' exercise and can help companies realise measureable benefits.

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The countdown is on… four weeks until World Green Building Week 2017

Tue, 29th Aug 2017

In four weeks’ time, hundreds of businesses, NGOs and individuals around the globe will unite to celebrate the positive role green buildings play in our lives, as part of World Green Building Week 2017.

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BUILD UPON project cited in Forbes as example of large scale transformation

Wed, 16th Aug 2017

WorldGBC’s BUILD UPON project has been cited in a recent Forbes article as an example of large-scale societal transformation, alongside disruptive platform businesses such as Airbnb and Uber.

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GBC Brasil launches net zero building certification through WorldGBC project

Mon, 14th Aug 2017

GBC Brasil has launched a new net zero building certification scheme, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from new and existing buildings to meet the Paris Agreement and supports WorldGBC’s goal to ensure all buildings are net zero carbon by 2050.

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New Zealand Green Building Council raises performance of new homes, with support from Prime Minister

Wed, 9th Aug 2017

Following extensive industry consultation, NZGBC has launched a re-engineered version of its Homestar rating tool for new residential homes and buildings.

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Join us for Members' Day & more in Jaipur, India, this October

Mon, 7th Aug 2017

WorldGBC is heading to Jaipur, India, this October for Members' Day, India Green Building Council's Congress and much more - and we invite Green Building Councils and Partners to join us! 

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Overwhelming response to call for case studies for new WorldGBC report on green & healthy buildings

Wed, 2nd Aug 2017

WorldGBC received over 60 submissions from 10 countries of buildings hoping to be showcased in an upcoming report showing the positive effects of green and healthy buildings on occupants' experience.

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How Green Building Council Brasil shaped the sustainability of the Rio 2016 Olympic venues

Mon, 8th Aug 2016

Following London 2012’s crown of the “greenest games ever”, and Brazil’s existing social and environment challenges such as deforestation, poor water quality in certain areas...

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Healthy retail places are a quick-win for retailers

Tue, 2nd Aug 2016

So far in WorldGBC’s Better Places for People campaign, we’ve examined three building typologies: offices, retail and now over the next six months, residential...

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South Africa - leading the green building charge into Africa

Tue, 26th Jul 2016

With the momentum steadily building since COP21, the UN’s now widely-celebrated climate change negotiations, green building is rapidly becoming ‘business as usual’... 

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Building the business case for healthy residential buildings

Tue, 26th Jul 2016

With the recent release of the UKGBC report entitled Health and Wellbeing in Homes, we saw a much needed examination of the different aspects that make up healthy homes and communities.

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Living near trees can make you feel younger and richer

Tue, 19th Jul 2016

We have known for a while that trees provide many valuable services, like air filtration, carbon dioxide absorption, and also making people feel less stressed... 

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Healthy building: Evolving green building tech with B+H’s Lisa Bate

Tue, 12th Jul 2016

When B+H Architects’ Lisa Bate arrived in Shanghai in 2012, the Toronto architect set out to help improve the green standards of the Chinese development industry.

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Air quality testing in your home

Wed, 29th Jun 2016

This month, the WorldGBC kicks off work on the third Better Places for People campaign report, this time focused on residential buildings...

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How to create a movement

Fri, 24th Jun 2016

Successful movements – whether the, women’s liberation, civil rights or gay pride – are all about mobilising people behind a shared purpose.

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Laying the foundations for a stronger green building movement – my vision for WorldGBC

Wed, 22nd Jun 2016

2016 will go down in history as a pivotal year in our efforts to combat climate change – the year in which we moved from words to action...

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Creating great living places

Thu, 2nd Jun 2016

At Saint-Gobain, we have always been passionate about buildings and buildings materials. We believe that buildings and more broadly living places can make a huge difference to people’s lives and to the planet as a whole.

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The why and the how

Mon, 30th May 2016

Since the launch of the Better Places for People Office and Retail reports, our national green building councils have been hard at work getting their members to understand the “why” and “how” of healthy buildings.

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Let’s make 2016 a record breaking year for climate action

Fri, 22nd Apr 2016

Later today, history will be made as the heads of state and politicians from over 150 countries gather at the UN headquarters in New York to officially approve the Paris Agreement...

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