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World Green Building Week 2018 - celebrating the biggest week in green building to date!

Mon, 1st Oct 2018

Over the past seven days, thousands of climate action advocates joined together to celebrate the power of green buildings during World Green Building Week 2018.

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Building up to a greener residential sector in India

Fri, 28th Sep 2018

The Indian Green Building Council believes the vision of a "sustainable built environment for ALL” can only be holistically achieved if sustainability is truly addressed in the residential sector. With this in mind, IGBC has developed three green building rating tools for homes - IGBC's Anand Muthukrishna explains how these are helping improve millions of lives across India.

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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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Welcome to World Green Building Week 2018!

Mon, 24th Sep 2018

It’s here! The 9th annual World Green Building Week starts today! Find out how you too can join the thousands of climate action advocates and our network of Green Building Councils and Partners promoting action on this year’s theme of green homes. 

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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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WorldGBC sets out achievements in Annual Report 2016/17

Wed, 6th Dec 2017

The World Green Building Council has today set out its achievements and those of its global network of Green Building Councils in its Annual Report 2016/17.

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WorldGBC appoints first Regional Head for Africa Network – Jane Afrane

Fri, 1st Dec 2017

WorldGBC is excited to announce the appointment of our first full-time Regional Head for the Africa Regional Network – Jane Afrane.

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European Green Building Councils urge Europe not to ignore its renovation potential

Thu, 30th Nov 2017

Green Building Councils from across Europe are urging their governments to champion strong EU policy – particularly around building renovation - that helps to deliver on global climate change goals.

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Green improvements in school buildings have positive impacts on student performance, show new WorldGBC infographics

Wed, 29th Nov 2017

Achieving optimal levels in school buildings for air quality, lighting, temperature and acoustics through green improvements, can help students achieve their full potential, new infographics from WorldGBC show.

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The role of buildings at COP23

Mon, 13th Nov 2017

WorldGBC attended the COP23 climate change conference, in Bonn, Germany, to urge governments to work in coordination with companies, cities and communities to decarbonise the building and construction sector

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Global study on how offices impact employee productivity & health, launched by Harvard University with backing from UTC and JLL

Tue, 7th Nov 2017

A study that will examine how the indoor environments of 100 office buildings around the world impact employee productivity and health has been launched by Harvard University.

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Knauf Insulation celebrates double sustainability breakthrough

Mon, 6th Nov 2017

The global insulation company and a member of WorldGBC’s Europe Regional Network has achieved two of its core 2020 sustainability targets this year, four years ahead of schedule.

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WorldGBC announces Congress 2018 to be held in Toronto – with Canada Green Building Council

Thu, 2nd Nov 2017

WorldGBC is delighted to announce that its Congress 2018 will be held in Toronto, Canada, in June, in partnership with the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Building Lasting Change conference.

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Be a green building pioneer! Join an EU workshop to test Level(s) reporting framework

Tue, 31st Oct 2017

Take part in the European Commission's testing phase for Level(s) - a new voluntary reporting framework aimed at improving the sustainability of buildings – by joining a special workshop on 4 December in Brussels

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New reports set out actions for how green mortgages can meet EU climate & building renovation goals

Thu, 26th Oct 2017

A series of new reports published today set out the actions needed to ensure mortgage lending can support the EU’s climate and building renovation goals.

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Join green buildings leaders at COP23 – Registration for ‘Building Action Symposium’ now open

Mon, 23rd Oct 2017

How can the building and construction sector help to achieve the Paris Agreement? Find out by joining green building leaders at this year’s COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.

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Former WorldGBC Chair Bruce Kerswill receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Wed, 18th Oct 2017

Bruce Kerswill, the former Chair of the World Green Building Council, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA)

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What are green mortgages & how will they revolutionise home energy efficiency?

Mon, 4th Sep 2017

In this Q&A, Stephen Richardson,Technical Lead for Energy Efficiency Mortgages, discusses the principles of green mortgages and how they are key to meeting climate change targets.

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Interconnection instead of isolation: A new world of sustainable development

Fri, 1st Sep 2017

Complex and interconnected. These words apply equally to global supply chains and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), writes Jorge Chapa of GBCA.

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Virtuous circle: Exploring the circular economy with global leaders AkzoNobel & Shaw Contract

Thu, 3rd Aug 2017

In this special 'in conversation' piece, AkzoNobel's Chris Cook and Shaw Contract's Todd Jarvis talk to Terri Wills, CEO of WorldGBC, about the “circular economy” approach to business.  

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Green building – a driver for decent jobs & economic growth

Mon, 31st Jul 2017

Karl pfeffer, of the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization, blogs about how green building can support decent jobs and economic growth, following a recent training course.

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The growth of a greener India

Tue, 18th Jul 2017

I still vividly remember, 16 years ago, when a small group of green building enthusiasts huddled in a conference room in Chennai to establish the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), writes Mr S Raghupathy.

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Better Places for People in India: Our research shows green buildings support healthier, happier lives

Thu, 6th Jul 2017

IGBC's report 'Impact of Green Buildings on Occupants Wellbeing' demonstrates benefits of green buildings on occupants' health and happiness

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The global green building movement stands united on fighting climate change

Fri, 2nd Jun 2017

WorldGBC, its global network of Green Building Councils and their member companies will stand united in our efforts to fight climate change through green building, writes CEO Terri Wills.

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Notes from the Networks – Green building growth in the MENA region

Thu, 1st Jun 2017

Visionaries, thought-leaders and change-makers are demonstrating real green leadership across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, blogs Mohammad Asfour of WorldGBC.

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Notes from the Networks - Tackling the big issues to build a better Europe

Thu, 11th May 2017

Our recent meeting of European Green Building Councils and Regional Partners in Dublin, Ireland, was European cooperation at its best, blogs WorldGBC's James Drinkwater.

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Notes from the Networks – Improving the “hardware” & “software” of buildings across Asia Pacific

Thu, 27th Apr 2017

Joelle Chen, Regional Manager of the Asia Pacific Network, discusses how the region is looking ahead to the next chapter of green building development

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Earth Day: Why the quality of educational environments affects the quality of learning inside them

Fri, 21st Apr 2017

Earth Day as we know it today was launched in 1970 through teach-ins all over the US - educational forums to inform people from all walks of life of the environmental degradation around them.

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Is your home or office impacting your mental wellbeing? Let’s talk

Fri, 7th Apr 2017

Today is World Health Day and the theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Depression: Let’s talk’. You might be thinking “what does this have to do with buildings?”...

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