World Green Building Week
World Green Building Week: 17 – 21 September 2012
World Green Building Week shines a spotlight on the key role of buildings in conserving resources, saving money and creating jobs while providing healthier places to live, work and play.
In September, the World Green Building Council (GBC) will unite 90 nations representing more than 20,000 organisations as they hold conferences, tours, educational events, and gatherings to mark this week. This year’s theme is ‘Green Buildings for Great Communities’, highlighting the role of green buildings in creating greener and healthier neighborhoods, communities and cities.
How to celebrate World Green Building Week?
•Twitter: @worldgbc with the hashtag #greenbuildingweek, or
•Post a photo of your event on their Facebook page, or
•Share your idea with them on Linked In!
Green Buildings for Great Communities
A great community is healthy, sustainable and resilient. The building industry is taking the lessons learned from delivering greener, healthier buildings and scaling those to districts, neighborhoods and entire communities.
Ways we can work together to create great communities:
Think Healthy. Make buildings for people.
• Create better indoor environments for healthier people.
Studies have shown that children have better test results in schools with good daylighting.
• Reduce the need for indoor fuel to improve respiratory health.
Think Wide. Look beyond the building.
• Connect the built environment to natural systems.
Natural systems can be used to manage stormwater and even recharge aquifers while enhancing local ecology, improving site aesthetics and reducing costs.
• Align technical systems across multiple buildings.
The False Creek Neighborhood Energy Center captures the warmth emanating from sewer system pipes to heat buildings on site.
Think Long. Create lasting value.
• Monitor building operations to optimize long-term performance.
The Building Centre in London displays energy and CO2 savings in real time.
• Future-proof community assets and infrastructure.
The Building and Construction Authority of Singapore built and occupy a net-zero energy building, saving public funds and reducing impact on the grid.
• Enact the right policies for green buildings to thrive.
City of San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee with city staff members who are LEED Accredited Professionals. San Francisco has enacted world-leading green building policies and a trained and dedicated team is part of making that happen.
Think Connected. Collaborate at every stage.
• Achieve better project outcomes through integrated design.
An integrated design process means that all members of the project team – from designers and occupants through contractors and commissioning agents – are involved in the project from the beginning.
• Make green neighborhoods a reality through collaboration between industry, government and the community.
Earlier this year, the government of Ghana launched an Eco Communities National Framework designed by the Ghana GBC in collaboration with a range of stakeholders.
Think Big. Act now for a greener, healthier community.
• Start with the buildings where you live and work.
The Green Building Council of Australia office, known as The GreenHouse, demonstrates that a green fitout is both achievable and affordable.
• Partner with your GBC.
The Russia GBC signed an MOU with Skolkovo’s Innovation Center to support green building practices and technologies. A working group from RuGBC’s 170 members was created, enabling them to contribute to the Skolkovo project.
• Take part in World Green Building Week!
Official opening of the Emirates GBC LEED-certified office during World Green Building Week 2011.
Who are the GBC?
The World GBC is a coalition of national Green Building Councils, making it the largest international organization influencing the green building marketplace.
To facilitate the global transformation of the building industry towards sustainability through market driven mechanisms.
What They Do
They foster and support new and emerging Green Building Councils by providing them with the tools and strategies to establish strong organizations and leadership positions in their countries.
Since establishment in 2002, they have been working closely with councils to advance common interests by promoting local green building actions, to address global issues such as climate change.
By driving collaboration between international bodies and increasing the profile of the green building market, they work to ensure that green buildings are a part of any comprehensive strategy to deliver carbon emission reductions.
Ongoing projects to further the green building agenda include:
•Projects: Business Case for Green Building Report, Global Green Building Trends Report, Socio-economic Rating Tool Category project, WorldGBC Government Leadership Awards
•Campaigns: World Green Building Week
•Partners: collaborating with international bodies such as C40 Sustainable Cities Initiative, UNEP-SBCI, UN-Habitat, ICLEI, WBCSD, Johnson Controls, Sustainable Buildings Alliance (SBA) and the International Union of Architects (IUA) and participation in global events such as the UN Climate Change Conferences
UK Green Building Council:
Events as part of Green Building Week in the UK: