thought leadership

How sustainable buildings are #BuildingResilience and driving the Sustainable Development Goals

Tue, 21st Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

In this blog, CEO Cristina Gamboa looks at examples of WorldGBC projects that are driving the sustainable building transition and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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thought leadership

Safety + Sustainability = 3 Cs

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

In their second blog, Signify looks at some of the ways LED can have a positive impact on the sustainability of our homes, workplaces and schools.

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World Green Building Week, championed by United Nations agencies and the UK High-Level Climate Champion for COP26, sparks 20 countries to advocate for #BuildingResilience

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

Nigel Topping, High-Level Climate Action Champion of UK for COP26 and Sanjaya Bhatia, Head of Office North-East Asia, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), unite with leaders from over 20 countries to back the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) annual World Green Building Week (WGBW) on 20-24 September 2021 to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals.

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thought leadership

We have one decade to act

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Provided by Multiplex, this blog addresses the key messages behind their pathway to net zero 'One Decade to Act'. 

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On the road to COP26, we need ambitious climate action and transparent reporting

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Provided by Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Chief Sustainability Officer at Majid Al Futtaim and Chair of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Corporate Advisory Board, this blog delves into the challenges in the MENA region.

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thought leadership

Decarbonisation: what are you waiting for?

Fri, 17th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Written by Dave Hopping, CEO, Smart Infrastructure Solutions & Services, Siemens Smart Infrastructure, this blog takes a deep dive into the decarbonisation strategy.

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thought leadership

Europe needs to get tough and switch to LED to meet its emission reduction targets

Thu, 16th Sep 2021

This article is part of the World Green Building Week 2021 editorial series highlighting the role sustainable buildings play in #BuildingResilience to climate change and for people and economies.

Written by Neil Pattie, Head of External Communications, Signify calls for tough action from EU states to meet emission reduction targets by making the switch to smart LED lighting.

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WorldGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment expands to include embodied carbon

Wed, 15th Sep 2021

Ahead of COP26, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) updates its Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment to include bold new requirements for addressing embodied emissions and publishes best practice for carbon offsetting for the built environment.

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thought leadership

Calling on Canada Green Building Council — our first Americas Building Perspective

Mon, 13th Sep 2021

In our first Americas region episode of Building Perspective, Thomas Mueller, CEO, Canada Green Building Council (Canada GBC), talks to us about the business of GBCs and the marriage of profit and purpose.

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news

#BuildingToCOP26 Coalition accelerates climate action ahead of Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day at COP26

Tue, 7th Sep 2021

Following the sobering message from the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, a coalition led by C40, the Global Alliance for Building and Construction (GlobalABC), The Resilience Shift, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) announce #BuildingToCOP26 — a partnership to promote radical collaboration for climate action ahead of the Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day at COP26. 

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Welcome to the network: Green Building Council Russia joins WorldGBC

Wed, 1st Sep 2021

Our global network continues to expand and we are thrilled to welcome back Green Building Council Russia (GBC Russia), which has rejoined the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) as a Prospective member.

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thought leadership

Can indoor finishings improve the air we breathe?

Thu, 19th Aug 2021

In our latest Better Places for People thought leadership series, Willem Burmanje, Director Strategic Communications at Forbo Flooring, discusses the impact which indoor finishings and flooring can have on the air quality within our schools, homes and work spaces.

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WorldGBC to help coordinate a Built Environment day at COP26

Fri, 25th Dec 2020

WorldGBC will be working with the COP26 High Level Climate Champions team to set the agenda for an official ‘Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day’ at COP26.

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Launch of the 2020 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction

Thu, 17th Dec 2020

GlobalABC's 5th Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction, celebrating 5 years since the Paris Agreement. 

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Kenya Green Building Society rejoins WorldGBC as Established GBC

Thu, 17th Dec 2020

The Kenya Green Building Society has rejoined the World Green Building Council as an Established Green Building Council, the top tier of membership.

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WorldGBC and global leaders call for historic Built Environment Day at COP26

Wed, 25th Nov 2020

The World Green Building Council joins nine international organisations to sign a letter requesting a Built Environment Day at COP26.

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Three Finnish Companies Join The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Tue, 24th Nov 2020

Following WorldGBC’s call for leadership to decarbonise the building and construction sector during World Green Building Week 2020, three new Finnish companies have risen to the challenge.

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WorldGBC to participate in UN Race to Zero Dialogues

Wed, 11th Nov 2020

WorldGBC will give a presentation as part of the United Nations’ Race to Zero Dialogues

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Join our Board of Directors 2021

Tue, 10th Nov 2020

WorldGBC seeks influential global sustainability leaders to join its Board of Directors

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WorldGBC reacts to Renovation Wave announcement

Thu, 15th Oct 2020

WorldGBC reacts to European Commission's Renovation Wave announcement

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WGBW2020 Highlights: Green Building Council Events

Wed, 14th Oct 2020

Some of the World Green Building Week 2020 event highlights from our Green Building Councils.

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WorldGBC announces finalists for Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards 2020

Mon, 12th Oct 2020

WorldGBC announces the finalists for its 2020 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards.

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WorldGBC to help lead EU Sustainable Finance work

Thu, 1st Oct 2020

The World Green Building Council has been appointed to the EU’s new Sustainable Finance advisory body.

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Sustainable Building Council Greece achieves Emerging GBC Status

Mon, 28th Sep 2020

Sustainable Building Council Greece (SBC Greece) has achieved Emerging Green Building Council status, as part of the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) membership.

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press

World leading private sector companies pledge net zero carbon buildings to combat climate crisis

Wed, 11th Dec 2019

COP25: Goldman Sachs, Hudson Pacific Properties, Lendlease Funds Management Australia and Petinelli announced as the newest signatories to WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, signalling global private sector leadership towards decarbonising the built environment to combat the climate crisis

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European cities commit to net zero buildings

Wed, 4th Dec 2019

Today leading European cities and companies pledged to slash carbon emissions from their buildings to net zero. Helsinki, Finland and Valladolid, Spain have signed WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, alongside property sector leaders BuroHappold, Carbon Credentials, Deerns, Grimshaw Architects, Grosvenor Group, Newsec Finland and Ylva.

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New digital library of exemplar sustainable buildings from across the world launched

Tue, 19th Nov 2019

World Green Building Council has launched a new case study library showcasing excellence in sustainable development globally, featuring buildings that are net zero carbon and/or enhance human health.

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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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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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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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World Green Building Council partners with Earth Day Network to Support its 50th Anniversary in Landmark Year

Mon, 8th Jul 2019

WorldGBC is delighted to announce a partnership with the Earth Day Network that will support some of its flagship 50th anniversary campaigns with awareness raising and action, including a key citizen science initiative on air quality.

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Green building sector supports energy efficiency mortgages for Europe

Wed, 19th Jun 2019

A new report Creating an Energy Efficient Mortgage for Europe: The Supporting Role of the Green Building Sector sets out roadmap to grow the market for energy efficiency mortgages - with potential to transform millions of buildings across Europe.

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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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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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BUILD UPON2 City Series part 3: Leeds

Wed, 2nd Jun 2021

WorldGBC finds out how the city of Leeds is preparing to use the BUILD UPON2 framework to monitor renovation.

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From affordable housing to aspiring young leaders — our first MENA Building Perspective

Wed, 26th May 2021

In our first MENA region episode of Building Perspective, we talk to one of the youngest leaders in our network — Ala'a Abdulla, Executive Director, Jordan Green Building Council (JordanGBC).

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What lessons have we learnt for worker’s rights in the built environment?

Thu, 6th May 2021

As the built environment moves towards net zero, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and Multiplex explore the opportunity to ensure that human dignity is ‘designed in’ for construction workers in the latest edition of our Better Places for People thought leadership blog.

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BUILD UPON2 City Series part 2: Budaörs

Wed, 14th Apr 2021

WorldGBC finds out how the city of Budaörs is preparing to use the BUILD UPON2 framework to monitor renovation.

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CoEvolve Northern Star works with, not against, the elements to tackle India’s water shortage

Mon, 12th Apr 2021

CoEvolve Northern Star by CoEvolve Estates (India) is a unique sustainable residential development in India. Following water shortages in Bangalore, the development team have focused on water sustainability.

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#BuildingLife Ambassador Spotlight Series: David Ducarme, Chief Operating Officer of Knauf Insulation

Wed, 31st Mar 2021

In the second instalment of the #BuildingLife Ambassador Spotlight series, WorldGBC speaks to David Ducarme, Chief Operating Officer of Knauf Insulation.

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blog

Bringing the benefits of natural light indoors

Tue, 9th Mar 2021

Welcome to the launch of our new Better Places for People leadership series. In our first article, Signify talks to us about the health and wellbeing benefits of lighting.

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blog

Ye Qing demonstrates how women are taking the lead

Mon, 8th Mar 2021

Ye Qing, on International Women's Day 2021, talks to us about winning WorldGBC’s Women in Green Building Leadership Award.

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#BuildingLife Ambassador Spotlight Series: Tina Paillet, Chair of RICS Europe

Thu, 25th Feb 2021

In the first instalment of the new #BuildingLife Ambassador Spotlight series, WorldGBC speaks to Tina Paillet, Chair of RICS Board in Europe.

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blog

BU2 Cities Series: Renovation in Padova

Wed, 3rd Feb 2021

WorldGBC finds out how the Municipality of Padova is using the BUILD UPON2 framework to monitor renovation.

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blog

The shift from linear to circular

Tue, 15th Dec 2020

ChemSec explore the shift towards a more circular mindeset, where the aim is to replace virgin materials with reused and recycled ones to the furthest extent possible.

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HeidelbergCement: leading the way to carbon neutrality

Mon, 14th Dec 2020

HeidelbergCement's building materials and solutions are creating significant developments worldwide with sustainability at its core.

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publication

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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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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Global Status Report 2016

Thu, 10th Nov 2016

The first Global Status Report tracks the progress made in the transition towards low-emission and resilient real estate made by the GABC and its members. 

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Media

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New Renovation tool will help cities tackle climate, economic and health crises

Thu, 14th Oct 2021

The BUILD UPON2 framework helps local governments measure the full benefits of building retrofit, including environmental, social and economic impacts such as carbon savings, energy poverty alleviation and job creation.

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blog

BUILD UPON2 City Series part 2: Budaörs

Wed, 14th Apr 2021

WorldGBC finds out how the city of Budaörs is preparing to use the BUILD UPON2 framework to monitor renovation.

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news

WorldGBC’s response on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive review

Tue, 23rd Mar 2021

WorldGBC has submitted a position paper on the review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

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WorldGBC’s recommendations on the Energy Efficiency Directive review

Tue, 23rd Feb 2021

WorldGBC has submitted a position paper on the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

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