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Built environment stakeholders recommend integration of whole life carbon criteria into European policy

Tue, 8th Oct 2019

Today a coalition of over 30 organisations working in the buildings and construction sector have signed an open letter to the European Commission outlining their view on the transformative potential that the Level(s) framework can play in mainstreaming sustainable buildings and deliver on key European environmental, economic and social goals.

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It’s not that easy being green

Tue, 1st Oct 2019

WorldGBC takes a closer look at the iconic building 'Bosco Verticale' in Milan, Italy to explore the benefits of its sustainability features and how it dealt with the challenge of considering whole lifecycle emissions, both operational and embodied; the trade-offs and co-benefits, and lessons for future projects.

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Will a common vision for the global building sector make the world more sustainable?

Thu, 26th Sep 2019

A roadmap for the building and construction sector in Norway to achieve a common vision of zero emissions and a full circular economy in 2050 has sparked action to address both operational and embodied carbon emissions from buildings.

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Podcast - Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront in Asia Pacific

Thu, 26th Sep 2019

To celebrate World Green Building Week 2019 and the launch of WorldGBC's report Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront, AkzoNobel and WorldGBC have collaborated to produce this two-part video podcast offering a wholesome Asia Pacific and full value chain perspective on addressing embodied carbon.

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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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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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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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Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront

Mon, 23rd Sep 2019

With the support of more than 80 organisations, the World Green Building Council’s 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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Welcome to World Green Building Week 2019!

Mon, 23rd Sep 2019

The 10th annual World Green Building Week 2019 is here at last! Across the world, the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) network of Green Building Councils (GBCs) and partners are uniting to take part in the biggest week in the annual green building calendar.

 

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Reducing embodied carbon together

Wed, 18th Sep 2019

At a time of crucial climate focus, how is the construction industry taking united leadership action to reduce embodied carbon emissions? Niklas Nillroth, Vice President of Sustainability & Public Affairs at Volvo Construction Equipment discusses the path to a more sustainable future.

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18 Latin American cities unite to upscale green building action

Mon, 26th Aug 2019

During the second BEA workshop to be held in Latin America this year, participants from 18 cities will learn from international experts and city peers about energy efficiency in buildings by identifying actions, replicable models and implementation strategies for structuring public policies at a city scale. 

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Constructing new buildings could pump out climate pollution equivalent to one million cars – NZGBC report

Mon, 19th Aug 2019

Constructing and renovating New Zealand buildings between now and 2050 could pump out climate change pollution equivalent to one million cars on the road every year, a new report on embodied carbon by New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) reveals.

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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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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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Meet the women who are establishing green leadership in the Middle East & North Africa

Thu, 8th Mar 2018

This International Women's Day 2018, WorldGBC is celebrating the women establishing green building leadership in the MENA region, challenging gender inequality in their countries while addressing the equally pressing issue of climate change.

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Make Us Greener: A Sustainable Relocation Collaboration

Thu, 1st Mar 2018

Roberto Forte blogs about how Panama GBC's green office renovation collaboration project has helped improve the building's energy efficiency, reduce operating costs and improve occupants' health and wellbeing.

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Climate action: Innovations from states and regions boosting energy efficiency in buildings

Mon, 26th Feb 2018

Leah Good from The Climate Group's Energy Transition Platform outlines the steps regional governments are taking across the world to drive down emissions in the buildings sector.

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