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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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World Water Day: Every drop counts in a region where water is the most precious natural resource

Fri, 22nd Mar 2019

To mark World Water Day, Emirates GBC shares insights on what water means to the UAE, an arid and desert climate, and how the country and the green building industry are taking steps to conserve this precious resource.

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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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Constructing a greener world can't happen without women

Fri, 8th Mar 2019

Despite construction still being a male-dominated industry, more than 50% of the CEOs running Green Building Councils are women, WorldGBC CEO Cristina tells the Thomson Reuters Foundation on International Women's Day 2019.

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#BalanceforBetter - a reminder this International Women's Day why we need gender equality to save the planet

Fri, 8th Mar 2019

In celebration of IWD2019, WorldGBC showcases seven of the many incredible women from our green building movement who are dedicating their expertise, passion and bravery to create a better world for all, offer real hope for the future and explain why gender equality has to be part of the solution.

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The Climate Change Challenge: How can the industry help achieve a built environment fit for the future?

Wed, 6th Mar 2019

Ahead of Futurebuild 2019, WorldGBC CEO Cristina Gamboa highlights examples of leadership action to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and construction.

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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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WorldGBC launches Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards for 2018

Wed, 31st Jan 2018

The World Green Building Council has today officially opened nominations for its prestigious Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards 2018.

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Deadline extended for 2018 MENA Green Building Awards

Tue, 30th Jan 2018

Emirates Green Building Council has extended the deadline for submissions for its annual MENA Green Building Awards 2018 until Thursday 15 February 2018

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AkzoNobel unveils plans to build Europe's largest green hydrogen plant

Tue, 23rd Jan 2018

AkzoNobel, the global paints and coating firm and WorldGBC Partner, has unveiled plans to build Europe’s largest green hydrogen production plant in a bid to cut global CO2 emissions.

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Registration for Building Lasting Change with WorldGBC Congress Canada now open!

Fri, 19th Jan 2018

We’re delighted to announce that registration for Building Lasting Change with WorldGBC Congress Canada - which takes place in Toronto, from 3 to 7 June 2018 - is now open.

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Links between sustainability & business value identified in new UKGBC report

Thu, 18th Jan 2018

Businesses in the built environment are being empowered to make the business case for environmental action and to measure the value they derive from such practices, thanks to a new UKGBC report.

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EU considering changes to banking rules to reward consumers for choosing greener buildings

Fri, 5th Jan 2018

Efforts to cut emissions from Europe’s building stock received a boost as the European Commission said it was considering lowering capital requirements for banks to help reward consumers investing in energy efficient buildings.

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ROCKWOOL becomes Regional Partner of WorldGBC’s Americas Regional Network

Fri, 22nd Dec 2017

ROCKWOOL, the world’s largest producer of stone wool insulation has become a Regional Partner of the World Green Building Council’s Americas Network.

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“Time running out” to curb energy use in buildings & construction to meet Paris climate goals

Mon, 11th Dec 2017

Time is running out to reduce the buildings and construction sector’s energy use and keep the Paris Agreement on track, according to a new report published today.

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WorldGBC announces new Chair & Vice Chair of Corporate Advisory Board

Thu, 7th Dec 2017

Emmanuel Normant, Vice-President, Sustainable Development at Saint-Gobain, has been appointed the new Chair of the CAB, and Ibrahim Al-Zu'bi, Head of Sustainability at Majid Al Futtaim, has become the Vice Chair.

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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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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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Green building: Improving the lives of billions by helping to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Thu, 23rd Mar 2017

How can green building help to deliver the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)? Dominika Czerwinska, WorldGBC's Director of Membership and Regional Networks, explains...

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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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