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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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World Green Building Week 2018 - celebrating the biggest week in green building to date!

Mon, 1st Oct 2018

Over the past seven days, thousands of climate action advocates joined together to celebrate the power of green buildings during World Green Building Week 2018.

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Building up to a greener residential sector in India

Fri, 28th Sep 2018

The Indian Green Building Council believes the vision of a "sustainable built environment for ALL” can only be holistically achieved if sustainability is truly addressed in the residential sector. With this in mind, IGBC has developed three green building rating tools for homes - IGBC's Anand Muthukrishna explains how these are helping improve millions of lives across India.

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Public Realm - Gateway to our Communities’ Sustainable Future

Fri, 28th Sep 2018

According to UN Habitat, public spaces now comprise just 2% of the area of Middle Eastern cities. As our cities expand, the needs of urban dwellers for high-quality public realm have grown more pressing. Majid Al Futtaim is working to create “Great Moments for Everyone, Everyday", blogs Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi.

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Energy Retrofitting of the Existing Building Envelope - Jordan GBC Produces Guidelines to Accelerate Greening of Existing Buildings

Fri, 28th Sep 2018

Retrofitting existing buildings is more economically feasible than constructing new green buildings; Jordan GBC has produced a detailed guide to help accelerate market action for retrofitting buildings, blogs Hala Al-Shooha.

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How to Make Money from Climate-Proofing Your Property

Thu, 27th Sep 2018

In this exclusive blog for World Green Building Week 2018, WorldGBC's James Drinkwater and Judit Kimpian of the Architects Council of Europe explain how ‘green mortgages’ and value adding extensions could be a winning combination.

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Home Green Home – The pathway to transform Brazil’s residential sector

Thu, 27th Sep 2018

With green building increasingly recognised as the best business option in the Brazilian real estate market, GBC Brasil CEO Felipe Faria explains how this market trend led to the creation of GBC CASA & CONDOMÍNIO, a certification rating tool for the residential sector.

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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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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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WorldGBC celebrates first three signatories of Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment: Majid Al Futtaim, Integral Group and Signify

Wed, 6th Jun 2018

The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment challenges businesses and organisations across the world to take advanced climate action by setting ambitious targets to eliminate operational carbon emissions from their building portfolios by 2030.

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Gensler, Siemens and Lendlease join WorldGBC Corporate Advisory Board for 2018

Tue, 5th Jun 2018

The three companies are the latest additions to the 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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Kenya Green Building Society signs an MOU with Climate Bonds Initiative to stimulate take up of green buildings

Mon, 28th May 2018

KGBS will work with Climate Bonds Initiative to help government and private sector actors take advantage by incorporating green debt into their investment processes and mitigating climate risks connected to their assets.

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Take part in the 2018 Dodge Data Analytics Green Building Survey

Tue, 1st May 2018

The World Green Building Council is supporting Dodge Data to conduct the fourth iteration of the World Green Building Trends study and we invite companies to take this survey to share their insights.

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Norwegian Green Building Council and Green Building Alliance to become joint organisation

Mon, 23rd Apr 2018

Norwegian Green Building Council and Green Building Alliance have announced they will merge into a joint organisation with effect from 1 July 2018 in move to create a stronger, more robust organisation.

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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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WorldGBC announces jury for 2018 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards

Fri, 30th Mar 2018

C40 Cities, IFC, the World Bank and the UN are among the jury for the biennial Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards, which showcase the achievements of businesses and innovators leading on sustainability in buildings across the Asia Pacific region.

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Green building milestones signal Kuwait GBC's progression to WorldGBC Emerging Member

Thu, 29th Mar 2018

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

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UK property and construction industry calls on government to raise the bar on environmental standards

Mon, 26th Mar 2018

Over 50 influential business leaders from across the UK construction and property industry call on ministers to introduce policy that will see all new buildings built to net zero carbon standards by 2030.

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New WorldGBC infographic outlines the pathways to net zero carbon buildings

Tue, 6th Mar 2018

Our new infographic highlights the pathways to advancing net zero carbon buildings, as well as the key milestone dates of our Advancing Net Zero project, our defintion of a net zero carbon building and the four key project principles. 

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New report outlines trajectory for London to become a Zero Carbon city

Fri, 16th Feb 2018

London can become a Zero Carbon city - but only if it follows key recommendations set out in a new follow-up report by the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI).

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New study shows strong demand for energy efficient mortgages

Thu, 15th Feb 2018

A new study by WorldGBC ERN Partner E.ON shows there is strong demand in Europe for ‘energy efficient mortgages’ as an affordable financial solution for consumers considering an energy efficiency make-over for their home.

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Creating Green and Resilient Cities – with Women as Leaders

Mon, 9th Jul 2018

In WorldGBC's latest blog in the series for Women's eNews, CEO Terri Wills and Asia Pacific Network Regional Head Joelle Chen define what makes a green and resilient city - and which cities are leading the way on liveability.

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Notes from the Network: How Buildings Connect People to the Planet

Tue, 19th Jun 2018

94% of people living in the Americas can be impacted by the 16 Green Building Councils that work across the region, therefore, the importance of working as a network comes as a top priority, blogs Juanita Alvarez following the Americas Regional Network meeting in Toronto.

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Advancing Net Zero: Why Green Building is Crucial in the Fight Against Climate Change

Tue, 12th Jun 2018

Not only are net zero carbon buildings critical to help us keep global warming below two degrees but they can also provide solutions to social and economic challenges, blogs Terri Wills and Romilly Madew in WorldGBC's latest blog in the series for Women's eNews.

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Celebrating Diversity on Africa Day: What Green Building Means for African Communities

Fri, 25th May 2018

Africa Day marks the moment when 32 countries formed what is now the African Union with its 55-member states. This Africa Day, we're talking about what green building means for African Communities and why collaboration is essential for a sustainable future.

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How one pilot project could inspire a green building revolution

Wed, 23rd May 2018

Knauf Insulation Experience Center in Slovenia was selected to participate in the testing phase for Level(s); Knauf's Laura Croze blogs on how this pilot project could spearhead a new green building revolution in Europe.

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100% renewable energy for all worldwide is possible: Q&A with Mark Z. Jacobson

Thu, 17th May 2018

In this exclusive Q&A, Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University tells WorldGBC about his theory for a world powered by 100% renewable energy and the three separate ways to avoid running out of energy.

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Notes from the Network: The buildings blocks to a greener future in Africa

Wed, 16th May 2018

With 76% of Sub–Saharan Africa suffering from severe energy poverty despite being energy rich, what are the opportunities for green building to help secure a prosperous, climate-resilient and sustainable future for Africa? Jane Afrane visited Mauritius for the 4th Africa Geen Building Summit to find out.

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Level(s) Testing Phase - Everything You Need to Know!

Thu, 3rd May 2018

Audrey Nugent, Senior Policy Advisor of the Europe Regional Network, outlines the stages of the Level(s) testing phase, a new framework that is set to transform the European building market.

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Building a Better Tomorrow: Q&A with WRI President & CEO Andrew Steer

Wed, 2nd May 2018

In this exclusive Q&A, President and CEO of the WRI Andrew Steer discusses how revolutionising the green building industry will be key to achieving the developmental and environmental goals laid out in the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.

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How a green building improved my working day

Tue, 1st May 2018

After experiencing numerous health and wellbeing benefits resulting from implementing green building features into the design of their new London office, Landsec's Edward Vaughan Dixon urges companies worldwide to follow suit and realise the results for themselves.

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Notes from the Network: Leading the transition to a low-carbon, resilient future in Asia Pacific

Wed, 11th Apr 2018

How are our Green Building Councils leading the way in decarbonizing the built environment in Asia Pacific? Through collaborations with businesses, governements and NGOs, and by ramping up focus on renewable energy access, blogs Joelle Chen.

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Day Zero: Can Cape Town prevent the taps from running dry?

Thu, 22nd Mar 2018

This World Water Day, The Green Building Council of South Africa's Manfred Braune outlines the factors that have led to Cape Town's severe water shortage and the solution to prevent the taps from running dry on "Day Zero".

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A Controlled Exposure Study of Green and Conventional Office Environments

Mon, 26th Oct 2015

This paper finds that cognitive function scores were significantly better in green building conditions compared to the conventional building conditions.

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Gezondheid, Welzijn & Productiviteit in Kantoren

Mon, 21st Sep 2015

Dutch Green Building Council have now made the information available in WorldGBC's Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices report for the Dutch market.

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Quality Assurance Guide for Green Building Rating Tools

Tue, 1st Sep 2015

WorldGBC has launched the Quality Assurance Guide for Green Building Rating Tools to guide new, emerging and established rating tools to ensure that their development and implementation is robust, transparent and to a good standard. 

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Health and Productivity in Sustainable Buildings

Thu, 18th Jun 2015

This white paper aims to encourage companies to explore the real influence buildings have on employees that work in them by introducing a global methodology that Polish businesses can use.

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BUILD UPON Launch Report

Fri, 29th May 2015

Our flagship European project, BUILD UPON, aims to build a community, a place for us to come together. Our mission is to work with European stakeholders to co-create ambitious national strategies to improve our existing buildings: your community spaces.

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Europe Regional Network - Impact Report 2014

Thu, 1st Jan 2015

This Impact Report details the achievements of the Europe Regional Network and its member Green Building Councils from the year 2014. 

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Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building

Wed, 24th Sep 2014

Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building presents overwhelming evidence that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff.

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Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices - App

Wed, 24th Sep 2014

Download the app version of Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices, which presents overwhelming evidence that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff.

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Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards - 2014

Mon, 1st Sep 2014

The Leadership in Green Building Awards honor outstanding organisations for their commitment to sustainability, and celebrate innovative green building projects...

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The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings

Thu, 26th Jun 2014

This report contains the results of a landmark research project that is the first to span across five key stakeholders that influence the prevalence of healthy design and construction practices in buildings.

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Socio-Economic Framework for Rating Tools

Wed, 16th Oct 2013

This framework identifies key socio-economic priorities that can be addressed through the design and construction of individual buildings in the public or private sector.

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A New Era in Building Partnerships

Wed, 18th Sep 2013

A New Era in Building Partnerships examines new forms of collaboration between NGOs, the public sector and industry which are helping to build better public policy and tools for a sustainable built environment.

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