World Green Building Council Global Update September 2015


We’ve got an exciting few months ahead, with global campaigns, global gatherings, and pivotal world events coming up. This month’s Global Update has the low-down on member events at Congress, worldwide activities for World Green Building Week, exciting plans for COP21, and details on how you can participate in webinars and roadshows around the world.

2015.0907.Event.WorldGBC-congressCongress 2015 Programme Released
WorldGBC Congress is a time to celebrate and connect, to learn and reflect, to be refreshed and inspired. We’re excited to release full programme details for our member-only events at WorldGBC Congress 2015 Hong Kong. Find out what’s in store for you at our Executive Retreat (Established and Emerging GBCs only), Members Day, networking events and the comprehensive full conference. With content tailored to different levels of GBC development, (including a session just for Established GBCs), invaluable opportunities to learn with and from green building colleagues, and the chance to help shape the future of the GBC movement, attendance at Congress 2015 is a smart move for your GBC. See the full programme here and remember that places are limited, so be sure to register as soon as possible:

2015.0907.Event.WorldGBC-World Green Building WeekBe Part of World Green Building Week
World Green Building Week is almost here, and GBCs and their members are holding a wide range of exciting events all over the globe from 21 to 27 September. If you’re holding an event and haven’t submitted the details, be sure to tell us about it so we can add it to the calendar. We want you to maximise the impact of this global initiative, so we’ll also have a range of media resources available to help GBCs promote the campaign – look out for more on that soon. World Green Building Week has the loudest voice and the biggest impact when we all get involved – we urge you to encourage your members to take part by attending local events. Check out the events calendar to find out how you and your members can get involved:

2015.0907.Event.WorldGBC-webinarBetter Places for People Webinars
Have you heard about our Better Places for People campaign? Do you want to know more? Our interactive webinars on 23 and 24 September will introduce our newest initiative, which aims to raise demand for green buildings by highlighting their potential health and wellbeing benefits. The campaign team will share insights from industry working groups, shedding light on barriers and solutions for improving health and wellbeing in buildings. Participants will also be able to ask questions of the team. Members of GBCs are very welcome in addition to GBCs themselves. Join us and learn how we can all strive to make Better Places for People. Register:

WorldGBC-COPMaking Our Stand at COP21
With the most important COP in decades coming up in December, we’re working hard to make the planned Buildings Day really count in the fight against climate change. WorldGBC and our member GBCs around the world will be declaring our commitment in the coming months, so that we can all stand on the world stage and attest that green buildings are part of the climate solution! Member GBCs recently received information about our collective commitment and getting involved in our plans for COP21 – if you are an Established, Emerging or Prospective GBC and you did not receive this, please contact Kim for a copy – Remember, we need to know initial interest in the WorldGBC commitment by September 16.

WorldGBC-AsiaPacificAwardsAsia Pacific Awards Roadshow
Our recent Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards highlighted the amazing and innovative green building projects, practices and initiatives in the region. We’re proud to present the winners and finalists of these awards, who will be touring as part of our Asia Pacific Awards Roadshow. Meet these green building leaders and innovators at our series of workshops in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Pasay this September, and learn from their award winning work and experience. More information:

2015.0907.Event.WorldGBC-SydneyOperaHouseSpotlight on Established GBC Impact
Established GBCs are leaders in their own countries, and their influence has a tangible impact on the green building industry. Like the GBCA, who recently certified the Sydney Opera House with a 4 Star Green Star – Performance rating. Only a handful of World Heritage buildings are certified green, and adding this iconic building to that list is generating significant recognition for green building both in Australia and worldwide. Great work from the GBCA, and an example to follow! Learn more: