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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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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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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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World Green Building Council to shine a light on building lifecycle as campaign focus for World Green Building Week 2019

Wed, 5th Jun 2019

World Green Building Week (23-29 September 2019) will focus on end-to-end carbon emissions created across the building and construction industry, highlighting the need for the sustainable production, design, build, use, deconstruction and reuse of buildings and their materials.

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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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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 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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WorldGBC launches Air Quality in the Built Environment campaign

Wed, 24th Apr 2019

We spend 90% of our time indoors and its estimated that 92% of the air in the places we live is unsafe to breathe. That’s why 30 GBCs as part of our Better Places for People global project are working to combat global air pollution from the built environment and launching an Air Quality in the Built Environment campaign.

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Refreshed identity for Better Places for People

Wed, 17th Apr 2019

Better Places for People (BPFP), our global project focused on creating a sustainable built environment for both people and planet, has a refreshed logo

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World Green Building Week 2018 #HomeGreenHome campaign shortlisted for green award

Thu, 4th Apr 2019

WorldGBC is delighted to announce its World Green Building Week 2018 #HomeGreenHome campaign has been shortlisted for the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2019 in the Environmental Awareness Campaign of the Year category.

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Urban Green Council and WorldGBC Americas launch partnership to scale green building efforts

Wed, 3rd Apr 2019

Urban Green Council and the World Green Building Council Americas Regional Network join forces to accelerate climate action in cities.

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EmiratesGBC wins Dubai Quality Award for excellence in creating value for its members

Tue, 2nd Apr 2019

The Emirates Green Building Council has been chosen as the winner in the Representative Entity category of the Dubai Quality Appreciation Award at the 25th Business Excellence Awards for its noteworthy role in engaging, offering benefits and creating value for its members.

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Become a Regional Chair or Vice Chair and help us achieve our mission of green buildings for everyone, everywhere

Tue, 26th Mar 2019

Calling all Established Green Building Councils! WorldGBC has extended the deadline to receive nominations for the Regional Chairs and Vice Chairs of its five Regional Networks to 30 April 2019.

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Build a better future with us – deadline for nominations for new WorldGBC Board members now extended

Tue, 26th Mar 2019

Are you passionate about changing the world and acting on climate change through buildings? Then we have an outstanding opportunity for you! We're seeking nominations for new members of our Board. Apply by 30 April 2019.

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HRH The Prince of Wales endorses World Green Building Council

Mon, 25th Mar 2019

HRH The Prince of Wales endorsed the ambitious targets of our global green building movement during a video address at the Green Summit 2019 in Manchester, UK.

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Green buildings yield 30-80% lower utility costs compared to standard buildings, finds GBC Indonesia and IFC study

Thu, 14th Mar 2019

A joint report by GBC Indonesia and IFC revealed that nine green certified buildings, mostly located in Jakarta, yielded 30 to 80% lower annual utility costs compared to standard buildings.

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WorldGBC urges pragmatic approach to EU taxonomy

Tue, 5th Mar 2019

On 22 February, WorldGBC Europe responded to a consultation from the technical expert group on sustainable finance (TEG) on the development of the 'taxonomy' - an EU-wide classification system for environmentally sustainable economic activities.

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Climate champion California joins the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Fri, 22nd Feb 2019

The US state of California further solidifies its position as a climate champion by joining WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment – the first US State to do so.

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Ramboll brings leading sustainable design expertise to World Green Building Council's Europe Network

Thu, 21st Feb 2019

Ramboll has entered into a new partnership with the World Green Building Council’s Europe Network as its first engineering partner, to collaborate on driving sustainability and innovation across Europe’s building sector.

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Europe must curb emissions from buildings, urges coalition of 300 businesses - as Green Building Councils help governments to develop ambitious action plans for renovation

Wed, 26th Apr 2017

Europe must lead the world on cutting greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings if we are to meet the Paris Agreement, a coalition of 300 businesses and organisations urged today.

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Major businesses back global project to ensure all buildings are net zero emissions by 2050

Thu, 2nd Feb 2017

Three major global businesses have backed WorldGBC’s ambitious long-term target to ensure that all buildings are net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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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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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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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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How up-cycling local materials is improving thermal comfort in homes across Jordan

Mon, 10th Sep 2018

In the first post for our #HomeGreenHome blog series for the upcoming World Green Building Week, Jordan GBC explains how up-cycling locally abundant materials is helping to improve thermal comfort in Jordanian homes - and kickstarting creativity and innovation for new green products to follow.

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Channelling Gender Parity in the Building & Construction Industry

Fri, 24th Aug 2018

In our latest blog in the series for Women's eNews, WorldGBC Chair Lisa Bate explains why gender diversity must be a priority for the building and construction industry in the face of climate change, and why, as the first female Chair of WorldGBC, she is committed to fostering the next generation of women leaders in green building.

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The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016

Wed, 14th Sep 2016

The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016 provides perspectives of U.S. building owners, architects, interior designers and contractors about building healthier buildings

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Health and Wellbeing in Homes

Tue, 5th Jul 2016

Health and Wellbeing in Homes is about beginning a concerted effort to shift the market towards a focus on the mental, social and physical health and wellbeing of the people who occupy the homes we build and retrofit.

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World Green Building Trends 2016

Tue, 16th Feb 2016

This report finds that the percentage of companies expecting to have more than 60 per cent of their building projects certified green is anticipated to more than double by 2018, from 18 per cent currently, to 37 per cent.

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Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Retail: The Impact of Green Buildings on People and Profit

Mon, 1st Feb 2016

Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Retail: The Impact of Green Buildings on People and Profit finds that retailers can improve the shopping experience for their customers and potentially increase their profits by providing greener, healthier stores.

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Economic, Environmental and Health Implications of Enhanced Ventilation in Office Buildings

Wed, 18th Nov 2015

This paper finds that the health benefits associated with enhanced ventilation rates in buildings far exceed the per-person energy costs relative to salary costs.

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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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