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19 Global Cities Commit to Making New Buildings Net Zero Carbon by 2030

Thu, 23rd Aug 2018

19 pioneering mayors, representing 130 million urban citizens, sign WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions from their cities by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030.

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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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Better Places for People: Join our webinars during World Green Building Week!

Fri, 17th Aug 2018

During World Green Building Week 2018, WorldGBC will be hosting a series of webinars through our Better Places for People project. Join WorldGBC's Catriona Brady to learn more about health and wellbeing in green building!

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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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Find out the latest from WorldGBC's Better Places for People project

Wed, 25th Jul 2018

2018 is shaping up to be a busy and exciting year for WorldGBC's Better Places for People project and today we are pleased to share the latest updates from the project, including  a new Project Manager, new sponsor VELUX Group and recent project activities.

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

Mon, 16th Jul 2018

Today, WorldGBC announced the finalists for its 2018 Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards. The winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at the annual SGBC Gala Dinner in Singapore on 6 September 2018.

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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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New green building leaders join WorldGBC's Board of Directors

Mon, 2nd Jul 2018

WorldGBC has elected a new Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary of its Board of Directors, while four existing members have been re-appointed and two new global green building leaders have joined the Board.

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WorldGBC launches #HomeGreenHome resources for World Green Building Week 2018

Tue, 19th Jun 2018

WorldGBC has today launched the resources for this year’s World Green Building Week, under the theme #HomeGreenHome, which focuses on green homes.

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European Bank for Reconstruction and Development releases new publication on investing in green buildings

Fri, 29th Sep 2017

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has today released a set of new publications on its Green Economy Transition investments in buildings for World Green Building Week.

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Shaw Industries marks significant sustainability milestones during World Green Building Week

Thu, 28th Sep 2017

Shaw Industries, the floorcovering provider and a member of WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board, has announced progress on its 2030 sustainability goals during World Green Building Week.

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European Commission releases first EU-wide tool for sustainable building performance reporting during World Green Building Week

Thu, 28th Sep 2017

The European Commission has today launched the pilot phase of ‘Level(s)’, a new EU framework for sustainable buildings, which will help transform the building sector.

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New report guides London on path to achieve net zero carbon buildings

Wed, 27th Sep 2017

London has the ability to lead the world on net zero carbon buildings if it follows key recommendations set out in a new report by the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI).

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UAE ready to mainstream nearly zero energy buildings, finds new report

Wed, 27th Sep 2017

The UAE is ready to transition from the position of an early adopter of nearly zero energy buildings to mainstream rollout, finds Emirates Green Building Council in a new report.

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Global businesses could collectively save up to $1.5tn through efficient use of office space, finds Philips

Tue, 26th Sep 2017

Businesses around the world could realise savings of up to $1.5tn in reduced rental costs alone if their office buildings were refurbished to the most efficient standards of today, say Philips Lighting.

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Four new Green Building Councils join Advancing Net Zero project

Tue, 26th Sep 2017

An additional four Green Building Councils have officially joined the World Green Building Council’s Advancing Net Zero project, taking the total number of participating councils to 14.

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Time for heroes - Welcome to World Green Building Week 2017!

Mon, 25th Sep 2017

Thousands of climate action advocates, Green Building Councils, businesses and non-profits are turning up the volume on the need for green buildings as part of World Green Building Week.

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Nationwide retrofit strategy could cut over half of emissions from Canada’s large buildings, finds report

Thu, 21st Sep 2017

Large buildings in Canada such as office towers, hospitals and arenas could cut their emissions by up to 51 per cent, according to a new report published by the Canada Green Building Council.

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Heroes unmasked – join our webinars for World Green Building Week

Thu, 14th Sep 2017

WorldGBC is hosting two webinars - Heroes unmasked: A WorldGBC introduction to net zero buildings - during World Green Building Week on Wednesday 27 September. 

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AkzoNobel re-claims top industry ranking in Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Tue, 12th Sep 2017

AkzoNobel has returned to the top of the influential sustainability ranking system for the fifth time in six years, to lead the rankings for companies in the Chemicals industry.

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WorldGBC membership surpasses 75 Green Building Councils as Serbia joins

Fri, 8th Sep 2017

Membership of the World Green Building Council has surpassed 75 Green Building Councils – as Serbia has joined as the 76th member at the Prospective level.

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Why collaboration and compassion can build a better future

Wed, 8th Mar 2017

The Women's Marches held across seven continents in January highlighted the powerful link between gender and environmental justice.

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Rising to the challenge: Our journey to green buildings in the MENA region

Thu, 16th Feb 2017

Anyone who has been to the MENA region will be aware of the unique conditions in this part of the world. Temperatures can reach highs of 50 °C (122 °F) in cities such as Dubai...

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The new window to the world on green building

Tue, 24th Jan 2017

This week, the World Green Building Council took a giant step forward in its mission to advance green building for everyone, everywhere... with the launch of our new website.

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Green buildings take centre stage at the ‘Action’ COP22 in Marrakech

Fri, 11th Nov 2016

Yesterday, on November 10, the second Buildings Day at a UNFCCC COP (Conference of Parties) took place in Marrakech. As with the first Buildings Day at COP21 in Paris, last year, the day was a triumph for the green building movement...

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Better thinking, better health in green-certified buildings

Mon, 31st Oct 2016

By 2050 nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. This means more buildings will be needed, and buildings already consume 40% of global energy. Clearly, the future of buildings and the future of sustainability go hand in hand.

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The New Urban Agenda and the green building movement

Wed, 26th Oct 2016

As I made my journey home from Habitat 3, leaving behind the beautiful city of Quito in Ecuador, I reflected on what exactly the New Urban Agenda means to our Green Building Council movement

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When is a building 'circular'?

Thu, 6th Oct 2016

If you thought this was a good example of a 'circular' building, you've got a lot of catching up to do, and now is the perfect time to start…

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Green Building Councils provide leadership on zero carbon buildings

Fri, 30th Sep 2016

Last December in Paris at COP21, nearly 200 countries came together to forge an unprecedented agreement: to “limit global average temperatures to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels...

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Walking the talk – the new UK-GBC & WorldGBC office, London

Thu, 29th Sep 2016

In January this year, we announced details of our project to refurbish our London headquarters, which is also home to some of our friends and colleagues from World Green Building Council.

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Philips' report advocates Better Places for People

Tue, 27th Sep 2016

Philips, a founding member of the WorldGBC’s Corporate Advisory Board, has announced ambitious new targets for international lighting standards that will inherently lead to greener and healthier offices.

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Changing perspectives on green buildings

Mon, 26th Sep 2016

When people think about combatting climate change, certain images pop into their heads: coal power stations replaced by solar panels; smog-spewing trucks superseded by silent electric vehicles...

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Active House – Green AND healthy

Wed, 21st Sep 2016

With the release of new reports on residential health and wellbeing in 2016, such as the VELUX Healthy Homes Barometer and the UKGBC Healthy Homes Report...

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