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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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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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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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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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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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The Cities Climate Action Project takes a leading position in Latin America

Fri, 17th May 2019

The WorldGBC Americas Regional Network has taken the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) to more cities and countries in the Americas. New signatories for the program include Belen in Costa Rica, Guatemala City in Guatemala, the State of Campeche in Mexico, and Cali and Monteria in Colombia.

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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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And the winner is... WorldGBC announces winner of annual Member Value Survey prize draw

Tue, 12th Feb 2019

The first 20 Green Building Councils to complete WorldGBC’s annual Member Value Survey in 2018 were entered into a prize draw to receive $500 USD towards a leadership training course of their choice in 2019 - find out which GBC has won the prize draw.

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William McDonough’s ICEhouse constructed for fifth time at World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos

Mon, 4th Feb 2019

Watch WorldGBC's exclusive interview with designer and green building thought leader William McDonough about the ICEhouse™ at the 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

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World Green Building Council forms partnership with Climate and Clean Air Coalition

Mon, 28th Jan 2019

WorldGBC has commenced a Partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, led by UN Environment. Through this partnership, WorldGBC and its network of national Green Building Councils will offer a focus and expertise around the building and construction industry to this coalition of global leaders. 

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Welcoming our new Asia Pacific Regional Head - Allan Han-Huei Teo

Fri, 18th Jan 2019

WorldGBC is excited to announce our new Regional Head for the Asia Pacific Regional Network – Allan Han-Huei Teo. Find out more about Allan and how he'll be working with our 15 Green Building Councils in Asia Pacific to advance green building practices.

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WorldGBC seeks input for Better Places for People project Metrics Framework

Fri, 11th Jan 2019

WorldGBC invites respondents to participate in the consultation period about the strategic update of the existing Metrics Framework for one of its global projects, Better Places for People.

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Bogotá and Sonora events kick-off the Americas Cities Climate Action project

Thu, 13th Dec 2018

This week, a series of events in Bogotá, Colombia and Sonora, Mexico signalled the kick-off the WorldGBC's Cities Climate Action project in the Americas supported by the Building Efficiency Accelerator.

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Green Building Councils urge European Commission to recognise unparalleled potential of the built environment sector in delivering a climate neutral Europe

Wed, 12th Dec 2018

Today, as European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete outlines the European Commission’s vision for a climate neutral Europe at COP24, over 20 countries from WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network have signed an open letter urging the European Commission to recognise the vital role of the built environment sector in delivering this vision.

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World Green Building Council launches annual report for 2017/18: Building a better future

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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COP24: WorldGBC to attend to represent the green building movement

Mon, 26th Nov 2018

WorldGBC will be representing our global network of Green Building Councils at the COP24 climate talks in December 2018 and advocating for a sustainable built environment in order to meet climate goals - see the list of events where we, our member GBCs and partners will be speaking.

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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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How green building can curb youth unemployment and boost green economic growth in Africa

Tue, 21st Aug 2018

As Africa grapples with its burgeoning youth population and the need for sustained, inclusive and decent employment, Jane Afrane explains how green building is a conduit for job creation.

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Workplace transformation: How Polish GBC is inspiring a nation of green & healthy offices

Thu, 9th Aug 2018

Polish GBC’s latest research proves the indisputable link between buildings and their users’ health, productivity and wellbeing, helping strengthen the business case for green and healthy offices - and Poland is now listening, blogs Alicja Kuczera.

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Amid Climate Uncertainty, Zero-Carbon Buildings Offer a Guiding North Star

Fri, 3rd Aug 2018

Decarbonizing the building sector, one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gases provides the best means in which to realize gains for both occupant and global health, explains WRI's Emma Stewart.

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A Green & Healthy Retrofit – India’s Platinum Case Study

Mon, 16th Jul 2018

India’s Paharpur Business Centre offers a refreshing new flavour to the health and wellbeing industry.  It’s an internationally relevant example of healthy, resource efficient design that is operating in an existing building and certified with a methodology developed for the local culture, blogs WorldGBC's Catriona Brady.

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Our Hero is Zero: Leading Canada's built environment towards net zero carbon emissions

Thu, 12th Jul 2018

With June 2018 officially marking the half way point of the CaGBC Zero Carbon Pilot Program, CaGBC’s Fin Macdonald updates us on the latest from the program.

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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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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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The Business Case for Green Building: A Review of the Costs and Benefits for Developers, Investors and Occupants

Wed, 6th Mar 2013

The Business Case for Green Building examines whether or not it’s possible to attach a financial value to the cost and benefits of green buildings.

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World Green Building Trends

Thu, 28th Feb 2013

This report finds that as sustainability and energy efficiency initiatives take hold around the world, firms are finding business value and opportunities from green building.

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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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