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2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction

Wed, 11th Dec 2019

The 2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction released by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction at COP25 in Madrid, shows that CO2 emissions from the world’s buildings and their construction remain stubbornly at around 39% of total carbon dioxide emissions.

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Big step-up in ambition needed to put buildings and construction on track to meet Paris Agreement goals, warns Global ABC report

Wed, 11th Dec 2019

The 2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction released today by the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (Global ABC) at COP25 in Madrid shows that CO2 emissions from the world’s buildings and their construction remain stubbornly at around 39 per cent of total carbon dioxide emissions.

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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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The Hero for Net Zero in UAE? The Emirates Green Building Council

Tue, 12th Nov 2019

How is the building and construction sector in the UAE moving towards net zero? WorldGBC's MENA Regional Head Mohammad Asfour outlines the initiatives EmiratesGBC is undertaking to enable the nation to transition to a net zero carbon built environment.

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Australia steps up to the challenge to decarbonise

Mon, 11th Nov 2019

When WorldGBC released its call to action on embodied carbon in September 2019, Australia’s leading organisations didn’t hesitate to endorse it. Twenty members of the Green Building Council of Australia backed the drastic action for the building and construction sector immediately. Find out how GBCA is driving momentum to recognise the importance of upfront and embodied carbon.

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Google joins global industry leaders to serve on the World Green Building Council’s Corporate Advisory Board

Mon, 4th Nov 2019

American multinational technology company Google has joined WorldGBC's 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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ÖGNI Position Paper: Social Sustainability

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

In cooperation with an expert group, the ÖGNI (Austrian Sustainable Building Council) has defined standards for measuring the social sustainability of buildings and identifies three focal points: Holistic view of the neighborhood, operation of buildings and flexibility.

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ÖGNI Position Paper: Benchmarks in Operation

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

The ÖGNI Position Paper: Benchmarks in Operation outlines how sustainability can only be achieved through sensible, efficient building operation; and proves that sustainability and efficient operation go hand in hand.

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ÖGNI Position Paper: Smart Cities

Fri, 1st Nov 2019

Although the term "Smart City" is widely used, a clear definition is still missing. This ÖGNI position paper aims to clarify ÖGNI's position on Smart Cities, make the term Smart Cities more specific for urban development stakeholders, support and guide urban developers in their attempts to implement the Smart City concept and develop a basis for the certification of Smart Cities.

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WorldGBC receives an award for leading industry change

Wed, 23rd Oct 2019

WorldGBC was presented with the Barcelona Meeting Point (BM) Mediterranean Award at the Mediterranean Real Estate Forum international conference for its invaluable mission leading the transformation of the construction industry to create a healthier and more sustainable environment.

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EmiratesGBC honours winners of the 2019 MENA Green Building Awards

Thu, 17th Oct 2019

The annual Awards honour excellence in green building initiatives in 16 categories including newly introduced 'Zero Building of the Year’ for advancing net zero energy in built environments. See the full list of winners here.

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Godrej & Boyce certifies first net zero energy building in India under IGBC rating system

Fri, 3rd May 2019

Plant – 13 Annexe Building, part of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd's Vikhroli campus has become the frst building in India to achieve a ‘Net Zero Energy Rating’ from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

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UK Green Building Council presents industry framework for net zero carbon buildings

Tue, 30th Apr 2019

Under the global Advancing Net Zero program, UKGBC has developed a framework definition for net zero carbon buildings to provide industry with clarity on how to achieve net zero carbon in construction and operation.

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New USGBC research explores green building industry’s role in highlighting the importance of buildings as a global solution

Mon, 29th Apr 2019

As part of its Living Standard initiative, the USGBC has released a new U.S. public research report titled Standard Issue that sets out to better gauge how the public feels about issues at the core of the green building community’s mission: sustainability, green buildings and the environment.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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WorldGBC snapshots detail net zero carbon standards developed by Green Building Councils

Thu, 1st Jan 1970

Download snapshots detailing the key information about the six net zero carbon standards released so far by Green Building Councils participating in the global Advancing Net Zero project

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