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World Green Building Week 2019
September 23 - September 29
Welcome to the World Green Building Council
We believe green buildings can and must be at the centre of our lives. Our changing climate means we must reshape the way we grow and build, enabling people to thrive both today and tomorrow. World Green Building Week (on 23–29 September 2019) is an annual campaign that motivates and empowers us all to deliver greener buildings. This World Green Building Week, we’re #BuildingLife and exploring how we can create a green, healthy and climate resilient built environment for all. This year’s campaign aims to raise greater awareness of the carbon emissions from all stages of a building’s lifecycle, and therefore encourage new practices and new ways of thinking to work towards reducing carbon emissions from buildings.
Did you know buildings and construction are responsible for 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions? 28% of these emissions come from the operational “in-use” phase – to heat, power and cool them, while 11% of these emissions are attributed to embodied carbon emissions, which refers to carbon that is released during the construction process and material manufacturing.
To date, the building and construction industry’s focus has been on operational emissions and how buildings actually perform in-use.
However, in order to fully decarbonise by 2050 to keep global warming to below 1.5 degrees, the building and construction sector must also tackle embodied emissions from the entire building lifecycle.
Therefore, this World Green Building Week, we’re calling on all of the building and construction industry supply chain to decarbonise.
Join your local Green Building Council and help us build a better future!
Our Green Building Councils
Green Building Councils are independent, non-profit organisations made up of businesses and organisations working in the building and construction industry. As members of WorldGBC, they work to advance green building in their own countries, as well as uniting with other Green Building Councils to achieve environmental, economic and social goals on a larger, global scale.
Currently, there are approximately 70 member Green Building Councils around the world, each at different stages of their own green building journey. There are three membership levels for Green Building Councils:
A fully developed and operational organisation that is running impactful green building programmes of work – delivering change on a national level, and embracing best practice governance, accountability, and transparency.
An organisation open to membership and which has a strong foundation, such as an elected board and staff to manage day-to-day operations. It is expected to progress to Established status within 24 months.
An organisation at the early stages of development but which has put in place a comprehensive strategy on how it will operate and advance green building in its country. It is expected to progress to Emerging status within 24 months.