At COP21 in Paris, France, last December, WorldGBC, its Green Building Councils and member companies made the following high-level commitment.

Buildings account for about a third of C02 emissions, and will continue to rise
under a business-as-usual scenario. To play its part in limiting global
temperature increase to 2 degrees, the sector must reduce emissions by 84
GtC02 by 2050.
 
Green Building is the solution. Cost-effective, it generates wide economic,
health, and social benefits for all.
 
We - World Green Building Council, national Green Building Councils and member
companies - commit to mobilising a global market transformation in order to
advance by 2030 and achieve by 2050 two fundamental goals:
 
1. Net Zero carbon new building
2. Energy efficiency and deep refurbishment of existing stock

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

WorldGBC is delighted to be making progress against its commitment. Earlier this year it launched its Advancing Net Zero project which aims to ensure that all buildings are net zero carbon by 2050, and which already has the support of 10 Green Building Councils who are committing to implement net zero certification (or designation) schemes in their countries, and to train green building professionals in net zero building principles.

It also moved ahead to the public phase of the European BUILD UPON project, the world’s largest collaborative project on building renovation, which to date has engaged over 1,000 key stakeholders in building renovation at 50 workshops.

WorldGBC
Collective
Commitment


At COP21 in Paris, France, last December, 31 of our Green Building Councils made ambitious national commitments. The full commitments are listed alphabetically for each Green Building Council below, and where applicable, an update on progress against those commitments has been provided for COP22 (November 2016).  

 

Green Building Council Argentina

Value Chain Transformation

  • In the period 2015 – 2020 we will work to promote the values and raise awareness of government and business entities in Argentina with the purpose of implementing the principles of green buildings.
  • By 2020, we will have trained over 1300 (today 900) professionals in green building educational programs.
  • Increase the number of LEED Certified Buildings to more than one hundred
  • Implement a Green Real Estate Certification Education Program jointly with the Argentina Real Estate Chamber targeted at real estate brokers
  • We will promote training on green buildings and sustainability at educational institutions, including directors, teachers and specially the students who are the potential sustainability natives, and are the basement of our future. Specially supporting GREEN APPLE DAY, working closely with the “Green schools “Program of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires.

Finance

  • Our aim will be to influence the Government and other institutions to provide financial incentives on improving the environmental performance of existing buildings with an Existing Building Performance Index (EBPI).

Government Policy and Strategy

  • We will work with the government and local authorities to accelerate the rate of change in Argentina to a sustainable built environment.
  • We will strengthen our pro-active liaison with de City of Buenos Aires Government to promote and actively participate in “Green Schools” Program.

Measurement and Accountability

  • Establish a protocol to measure the carbon footprint. Existing Building Performance Index (EBPI): Through EBPI and other schemes (e.g. energy benchmarking tools with specific premises), AGBC aims to create an existing building energy consumption database and encourage current buildings to perform better.

 

Green Building Council Australia

Value Chain Transformation

  • In 2016, the GBCA will introduce a label for buildings, fitouts, and communities recognising NetZero achievements for energy, carbon, and water. The label will also recognise those that go beyond net zero and make positive contributions to, for example, generating more renewable energy than what is used. 
  • Alongside this label, we will introduce an advanced curriculum to educate professionals on how to deliver net zero buildings, promote net zero as an achievable goal in our events, and create resources that can be used internationally to drive the uptake of net zero building worldwide.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • The GBCA is committed to working with local, state and federal governments to develop policies and initiatives that will lead to greener buildings, sustainable communities and productive cities. This includes partnering with key industry bodies to:
    • Create a mid-tier commercial office pathway to eliminate barriers to improving energy efficiency in existing buildings
    • Promote a pathway to maximize the use of renewable energy use in buildings
    • Work to improve regulations to increase the energy efficiency requirements in the building code of Australia
    • Create a minimum standard that addresses additional water, waste, and health provisions that can be used by local authorities to mandate minimum sustainability compliance by all buildings.

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

In 2015, we committed to introducing a label for buildings, fitouts, and communities recognising net zero achievements for energy, carbon and water. Since that time, GBCA partnered with the Australian Government, and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (a state government agency), to introduce a carbon neutral label for buildings and precincts. The label is expected to begin operation next year (2017). We will then begin developing training for professionals to achieve this outcome.

In 2016, GBCA was part of a working group that developed a groundbreaking report on the potential for the built environment to contribute to the fight against climate change in Australia. The report ‘Low Carbon, High Performance’ released by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, clearly shows the mechanisms needed to create a low-carbon future.

GBCA also began work with other organisations to lobby and make changes to the Australian National Construction Code, which regulates the minimum requirements for energy efficiency for new commercial and residential developments. 

 

Austrian Sustainable Building Council (ÖGNI)

Value Chain Transformation

  • ÖGNI commits to certifying another 4.000 000m2 of green buildings within the next 10 years.
  • By 2020, we will have trained over 500 (today 230) professionals in green building programs (e.g. DGNB Auditor, CSP).

Finance

  • Our aim will be to influence the Government and other institutions to provide financial incentives on improving the environmental performance of existing buildings (blueCARD).

Government Policy and Strategy

  • We will work with government at the national and local level to enable the development and implementation of policies that promote green building.

Measurement and Accountability

  • We will promote environmental certification, in particular with the DGNB System and blueCARD.

 

Green Building Council Brasil

Value Chain Transformation

  • In the next five years, GBC Brasil commits to expanding its National Education Program, including technical trainings and event, to all Brazilian regions. We projected to capacitate throughout technical trainings more than 10.000 professionals until 2020. At the Conference and Expo side, GBC Brasil aims to increase the numbers of visitors up to 20.000 per year until 2020.
  • In terms of better addressing the Brazilian Climate Change challenges, GBC Brasil works to start promoting in 2016 carbon-offset practices base on REDD+ methodology through green building certification tools (Restauration and Preservation of Native Tropical Forest Projects).
  • In the next five years, GBC Brasil commits to supporting certification of a projected over 70 million square meter of green building rating tools with LEED, EDGE and Referencial GBC Brasil Casa.
  • GBC Brasil will continue fomenting the creation of the larger coalition platform between NGOs, Private Sector, Public Sector and Associations for cooperation in actions, programs and campaigns focused on create awareness, market development and opportunities for green buildings and green communities. (Residential Sector and Existing Buildings are priorities).

Government Policy Strategy

  • GBC Brasil will continue advocating for policies to support the green building and green communities sector by mandatory laws, green public procurement, administrative and tax incentives.
  • GBC Brasil will continue reinforcing its campaign that claims for an integrated public policy involving all levels of government to support an audacious goal for reducing 30% of energy consumption and 40% of water consumption in the existing Brazilian building stock until 2030.
  • GBC Brasil will continue advocating for better finance mechanism opportunities to support the existing building retrofit projects focus on energy efficiency, as well as GBC Brasil commits to promoting initiatives to recognize and reward green attributes in building portfolio such as GRESB.

Measurement and Accountability

  • GBC Brasil will continue supporting the products and materials industry to faster its compliance to Life Cycle Assessment and Environment Product Declaration concepts.
  • GBC Brasil commits to supporting tools that enable building performance transparency such as LEED Dynamic Plaque.
  • By 2030 GBC Brasil commits to supporting Brazil achieve a 30% reduction in electricity consumption and 40% reduction in water consumption in buildings.

 

Bulgarian Green Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • The Bulgarian Green Building Council (BGBC) commits to engaging 500 stakeholders in green building workshops and trainings over the next two years.

Finance

  • BGBC commits to working with local and international financial institutions to help promote sustainable development, to help banks reduce risk and implement green construction and development loans.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • BGBC commits to support government in programs and initiatives to promote sustainable development and construction, as well as to serve as a resource for green building best practices and standards.

Measurement and Accountability

  • BGBC commits to promoting green building certification and to increase certified projects in Bulgaria by 50% by 2020.

 

Green Building Council Canada

Value Chain Transformation

  • Will introduce a NetZero rating certification in Canada in the next 5 to 10 years.

Finance

  • Will launch major actions to increase investment in green buildings across Canada.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • Will work with Canada’s federal, provincial and municipal leaders and government officials to support the development and implementation of green building and sustainability policies across Canada.

Measurement and Accountability

  • Will work with CaGBC members and stakeholders to set and report against ambitious targets and action plans that will contribute to COP 21 goals. 

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

Value Chain Transformation

Will introduce a net zero rating certification in Canada in the next five to 10 years. In April 2016, the CaGBC convened a working group (including representatives from REALpac, NRCan, RAIC, NRC, Pembina, City of Vancouver, Toronto Atmospheric Fund, City of Toronto, Environment and Climate Change, UBC, and BC Building and Safety Standards Branch) to commence the first phase of the National Net Zero Initiative. The working group reviewed the objectives and elements of a standard for net zero commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings in Canada. The key objectives of the CaGBC net zero initiative are to:

• create consistency in our understanding and approach to Net Zero in Canada;
• develop a standard and associated definition(s) of Net Zero buildings towards both low carbon intensity and high energy efficiency outcomes;
• allow broad market participation by setting a pathway for increasing targets over time; and
• develop a transparent, robust and measurable metric that drives decisions on a range of different building types in different locations across Canada.

The consultation period was concluded in August with 50 individuals, representing over 40 organisations, having provided their perspective on the initiative. This included the CaGBC’s LEED Steering Committee and the Energy and Engineering Technical Advisory Group. 

The second phase of this work will involve identifying pathways to net zero and the development of a certification program to evaluate net zero commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings in Canada, to be completed in Spring 2017. Defining a path and programme for net zero will support the recognition of high-performance buildings in the large building sector and provide a valuable model for consistency, understanding and uptake in the building industry across Canada.

Finance

• Will launch major actions to increase investment in green buildings across Canada.

Government Policy and Strategy

• Will work with Canada’s federal, provincial and municipal leaders and government officials to support the development and implementation of green building and sustainability policies across Canada.

Federal Government Strategy

In response to the federal government’s call for recommendations to help meet Canada’s climate change targets, the CaGBC commissioned studies modeling the carbon reduction potential of existing buildings above 25,000 square feet in Canada and assessing the investment and economic opportunities. The CaGBC used this research to substantiate formal recommendations to the federal government that focused on four areas critical in reducing GHG emissions from the building sector by 30 per cent by 2030. The CaGBC recommends:

• Meeting Canada's climate change targets by achieving over 40 percent of GHG emission reductions from improvements in existing buildings by incentivizing and investing in recommissioning/operational improvements, deep energy retrofits, renewable energy and fuel switching options;
• Strengthening performance of existing buildings by advancing energy benchmarking, reporting and disclosure as a fundamental strategy to engage building owners in measuring energy use and investing in improvements;
• Reducing the GHG emissions in government owned and leased buildings by adopting advanced green building standards for federal building renovations LEED EB:O&M), new construction and leased properties (LEED BD&C/net zero carbon); and
• Supporting CaGBC’s national net-zero carbon initiative for new buildings to reduce GHG emissions from new construction and position Canada as a global innovation leader.
The Canada Green Building Council will continue to work with the Government of Canada over the coming months to follow up on our recommendations and provide advice on the most effective solutions to grow the green economy and reduce emissions in the building sector, as well as provide advice on the policy levers to ensure that these changes are achieved in time to meet Canada's GHG targets.

Provincial and Municipal Governments

In spring 2016, the CaGBC developed a customizable, interactive presentation/toolkit for CaGBC staff to guide the development of green building (LEED) policies, energy benchmarking, community planning and other related sustainability policies at the provincial and municipal level. To date, the toolkit has been used to host several Green Building Roundtables that took place in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and to further policy in the Greater Toronto Area, the lower mainland cities of BC, and Alberta.

Measurement and Accountability

• Will work with CaGBC members and stakeholders to set and report against ambitious targets and action plans that will contribute to COP 21 goals.

 

Colombia Green Building Council (CCCS)

Value Chain Transformation

  • Colombia Green Building Council (CCCS) will accelerate the adoption of best practices to raise the level of sustainability of all buidings, communities and cities through its thought leadership, advocacy, publications, training offerings and events, and acting as a focal point between industry, academia and government.
  • CCCS will continue to promote the use of international and local certification tools for better buildings, through initiatives like the LEED program for Colombia with support from our partners, to encourage leaders to perform better than current regulation and achieve a market driven transformation.
  • By 2020 CCCS will have trained over 6,000 professionals on the delivery of new sustainable buildings, retrofits and green infrastructure solutions, and will also work with partners to ensure that construction workers are also qualified to deliver better buildings. 

Government Policy and Strategy

  • CCCS will continue to advocate for and support all levels of government in developing policies and strategies that raise the level of sustainability of all buildings, and continue to deliver programs for green affordable housing, sustainable communities and, in general, seek the realization of productive, equitable and livable cities.
  • Colombia pledges to support the green growth and low carbon development strategies and will work with the Government to support the intent of Colombia´s INDC to reduce emissions intensity by 20% from 2010 levels by 2030.
  • CCCS will support the Ministry of Housing´s gradual implementation of its Sustainable Building Policy.

Finance

  • CCCS seeks to influence public and private decision makers to provide incentives for improvements in the environmental performance of new and existing buildings, and to promote PPAs projects for urban regeneration.
  • CCCS commits to delivering credible information on environmental, health, social and economic benefits of sustainable construction (buildings and infrastructure).

Membership and Accountability

  • CCCS will assist the Colombian government in achieving an information system that tracks the impact of mandatory resource efficiency improvements in new buildings and will help develop regulations to address additional provisions in waste and health.

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

1. CCCS will continue to promote the use of international and local certification tools for better buildings, through initiatives like the LEED programme for Colombia, with support from our partners, to encourage leaders to perform better than current regulation and achieve a market driven transformation.

Last May 2016, CCCS launched “CASA Colombia, Sustainable Housing” as a rating tool to deepen the transformation of the built environment toward sustainability. This local certification system is facilitating the delivery of sustainable housing construction, within a transparent and agile methodology in alignment with national green growth policies.

This tool is facilitating sustainable projects, bringing them an efficient cost structuring, promoting the concept of integrative design and the measurement and verification of sustainability indicators in new residential real estate projects in the country. CASA Colombia takes into account the local regulatory and climatic context and promotes socio economic objectives.

The first version of the rating system was available to public comment from June 1st to July 15th. We have offered three webinars of CCCS CASA “Colombia, Sustainable Housing”. And we have created a task group with our members to work on the final version of the document.

There are 12 companies using the rating tool. After the pilot projects phase, CCCS “CASA Colombia, Sustainable Housing” will be available throughout the country. We will make this tool available to the government to adopt public policies and create incentives for those projects that implement it. The goal is to position the CCCS´s “CASA Colombia, Sustainable Housing” as a mainstream certification system in Colombia.

2. CCCS commits to delivering credible information on environmental, health, social and economic benefits of sustainable construction (buildings and infrastructure).

In 2016 CCCS has strengthened an audience interested in sustainable development and green building. We have +17,800 active contacts that we have reached through different products and services. CCCS is the place-to-go for all sustainable building innovations and references, permanently receiving press questionnaires, and the contents of its press releases are highly valued and recognised for the quality of information and credibility. Between January and August  2016 we have registered +140 mentions of our work, including all the main national news agencies.

We have three newsletters through which we deliver information on environmental, health, social and economic benefits of sustainable construction. One of them is published weekly: Public Policies for Sustainability, exclusive for our members and our advocacy work. We launched “Members Exclusive Zone” in our web page where they can have access to technical and strategic knowledge in order to take business decisions in relation to the sustainable building industry.  In May 2016 we hosted CONSTRUVERDE International Conference & Expo Design and Sustainable Construction which has international recognition for its contribution to promoting best practices. In 2016 we also organised other kinds of events such as regional forums: Construye Sostenible Medellín and Barranquilla, workshops, webinars and technical meetings. We also joined World Green Building Week with nine events organised by our members.

We will continue to work on strategies to communicate the importance of environmental, health, social and economic benefits of sustainable construction.

 

Croatia Green Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • Croatia Green Building Council in the period 2015 - 2020 will work to raise awareness of the largest possible number of institutional, educational and business entities in Croatia with the purpose of implementing the principles of green building, both in the construction and green infrastructure sectors.
  • All activities that Croatia Green Building Council plans to organize in the period up to 2020 will be with a strong focus on increasing the number of certified buildings in Croatia according to international green building standards.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • Together with its 105 members and partners of the project BUILD UPON, Croatia Green Building Council is going to participate actively in the process of integration of the principles of green building in Croatia's legal regulations from 2016, registering Green Building Expert in the Croatian Register of Occupations.

Measurement and Accountability

  • By 2020, Croatia Green Building Council commits to facilitating the certification of 50 green buildings.
  • Click here to read pledges made by CroatiaGBC's member organisations.

 

Dutch Green Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • By 2020 we will have trained over 5,000 professionals, through a total of 20,000 hours of formalised training and practical learning on sustainability
  • By 2020, we will have engaged over 400 board level business leaders in the green building agenda, through our Leaders Network.
  • By 2020 we will have trained 250 “future leaders”, in a programme of leadership, ensuring that the business leaders of tomorrow are prepared to adapt to risks and maximise low carbon opportunities.

Finance

  • We will work with our members to measure and promote the commercial value drivers for investing in, developing, designing, constructing, and operating Green Buildings.
  • We will strengthen the business case for investment in low and zero carbon buildings by promoting the co-benefits of health and wellbeing through the Health and Wellbeing campaign.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • We will work with government at the national and local level to enable the development and implementation of policies that promote green building.

Measurement and Accountability

  • In the next five years, DGBC commits to scaling up to support certification of a projected over 10 million sq. m. of green building with BREEAM-NL.

 

Emirates Green Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • The EmiratesGBC will drive positive change by serving as a platform that promotes and builds capacity for a sustainable built environment through its energy efficiency programs, technical publications, and capacity building events.  
  • The EmiratesGBC shall work closely with United Arab Emirates (UAE) government entities as a key partner in the development and implementation of sustainable building initiatives and regulations.
  • The EmiratesGBC will develop a series of training modules for retrofitting existing buildings and train building professionals to support the improvement of energy efficiency among existing buildings in the UAE and across the MENA region.
  • The EmiratesGBC will accelerate the adoption of best practices by sharing exemplar performance in sustainable buildings and acting as a focal point between industry, academia and government. 

Government Policy and Strategy

  • We pledge to support the UAE government strategies and goals for national development within the UAE vision 2021, the ‘Green Growth Strategy’ and the UAE Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) submission to COP21 to increase clean energy to 24% of the total energy mix by 2021. We will continue to align with the UAE vision and provide leadership in transforming the built environment to minimize carbon emissions, resource use and waste.  

Measurement and Accountability

  • We will promote a market driven transformation to a sustainable built environment and impartially measure our achievements and impact on a periodic basis through the publication of the EmiratesGBC Impact Report.
  • EmiratesGBC will serve its members through measuring and verifying their pledges to support the UAE INDC commitment to COP21. Click here to see pledges made by EmiratesGBC's member organisations.

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

The EmiratesGBC Energy and Water Benchmarking for UAE Hotels -2016 Report aims to support UAE hotel properties to reduce their carbon footprint by improving water and energy performance, education and awareness. The report’s purpose aligns with the ongoing trends towards green and responsible tourism in the region and across the world. 46 UAE hotels took part in the 2016 Benchmarking Project. The hotels provided information on their property’s general, physical, and operational characteristics. Combined with annual energy and water consumption data, EmiratesGBC calculated, normalised and analysed the Energy Use Intensities (EUIs) and Water Use Intensities (WUIs) to better understand the UAE hotels performance. Furthermore, EmiratesGBC calculated correlation factors and confidence intervals of means to identify key indicators that may influence the hotels’ consumption patterns. The report was launched during World Green Building Week 2016.

Following the release of EmiratesGBC Technical Guidelines for Retrofitting Existing Buildings publication in June 2015, EmiratesGBC is currently developing a Building Retrofit Training (BRT) programme which introduces a range of retrofit methods to improve the efficiency of existing buildings in the UAE. The technical content draws from the Technical Guidelines and has been formatted for participants with varying levels of experience. The objective of the BRT is to target three critical obstacles that are impacting the reduction of the UAE’s carbon footprint: 1) Intrinsic lack of awareness among UAE professionals and residents regarding building sustainability and its monetary potential, 2) The absence of guidance needed for implementing energy and water efficient methods inside buildings, and the lack of an empowered mindset which implements environmentally conscious decision-making at a personal or professional level. The BRT will be launched during the 4th quarter of 2016.

EmiratesGBC has spent the first half of 2016 developing training modules specific to the hospitality sector stakeholders that cover key areas of hotel operations. These training modules can be tailored to assist any level of hotel staff to address general facts on green hospitality, while also covering more technical aspects in support of their engineering departments. In addition to sustainable water, energy and waste management, the training modules also address sustainable food, housekeeping communications and corporate social responsibility.

In support of the comprehensive UNEP-driven study on the “State of Play of Sustainable Buildings and Cities in the MENA”, EmiratesGBC compiled research in 2015-2016 to demonstrate the state of green buildings and cities in the UAE. The study is the result of cooperation between the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to support the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC) that was launched by UNEP in 2012. The report provides a regional review and baseline for policy makers in the region and should be publicly available by the end of 2016.

Under the commitment of the UAE to UNFCCC, the Ministry of Energy is currently preparing the Fourth National Communication Report for the UAE. EmiratesGBC provided extensive input to the report on green building initiatives and energy efficiency programs which help in mitigating carbon dioxide emissions in the UAE

EmiratesGBC tailored Measurement & Verification (M&V) plans for its members’ pledges to support the UAE government’s strategies and goals for national development with the UAE’s Vision 2021 and the UAE’s commitment to COP21 to increase the clean energy to 24% of the total energy mix by 2021. The M&V methodology is consistent with the submitted pledges and companies were asked to submit their report on a biannual basis providing the activities they have completed to show their commitment

As an educational platform, EmiratesGBC hosts regular events dedicated to capacity building of the UAE’s green building industry, including monthly technical workshops, quarterly seminars and networking events, building tours, and trainings. EmiratesGBC also provides industry expertise at external conferences and forums. EmiratesGBC events cover a range of topics based on the latest news, regulations, innovations and technologies, often connecting the local green building movement with global initiatives. Since its pledge, EmiratesGBC has delivered over 20 technical workshops and networking events, seven trainings, and was an expert speaker in 23 speaking engagement opportunities.

For the 4th year, the EmiratesGBC Awards Program honored companies that demonstrate clear implementation of sustainable design, construction and/or operation of buildings and structures. Its ultimate goal is to help establish a regional model for the sustainable built environment that is world class and replicable. Following the earlier success of the Annual EmiratesGBC Awards, this flagship event has been rebranded to the MENA Green Building Awards and is supported by World Green Building Council and several of the regional Green Building Councils, giving greater reach and exposure of the Awards and celebrating the achievements, success stories and best practices across the region.

This year, the 5th Annual Congress, under the theme “UAE of the Future: Looking Backwards as a Way Forward” will explore the achievements made to date in sustainable urban development and how we can use this as a roadmap for the future in order to achieve the UAE Vision 2021 and the Paris COP21 Climate Change objectives.

 

Green Building Council España

Government Policy and Strategy

  • We will promote policies and measures to make a new, more sustainable building sector possible in Spain.
  • We will promote policies aimed at reducing the footprint of the existing building stock, with special attention to the Spanish transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/UE, and in particular Article 4 on national long-term renovation strategies through the BUILD UPON project (H2020 #649727), and Article 5 on the exemplary role of the administrations of the renovation of public buildings through the PARAE project, which will serve as a guide in the renovation of 355500m2 of public buildings per year.
  • We will promote low environmental impact buildings, with a special focus on the definition and implementation of NZEB.
  • We will act as facilitator of a wide stakeholders' dialogue aimed at creating a community around sustainable building.
  • We will play a dynamizing role in the international sustainable building field, with a special concentration in our region, Europe, following the objectives set by the WorldSB14 Barcelona Conference.

Finance

  • We will work towards the reconversion of the building chain industry towards a closed-loop circular economy.
  • We will promote awareness raising so that the general public becomes acquainted with sustainable building and demands it.

Measurement and Accountability

  • We commit to applying in our own working environment measures to reduce GHG emissions. In order to do this GBCe will:
    • Establish a protocol to measure the carbon footprint created by our activity and will include it as a KPI of our activity report.
    • Make these data publicly available and set a yearly reduction objective.
    • Compensate the emissions through investment in a low carbon national project.
  • We will promote environmental certification, in particular with VERDE GBCe, with a yearly increase of the number of certified buildings of 25%, especially in the area of deep energy renovation.

Value Chain Transformation

  • We will promote education in sustainable building in a transversal way, in all fields of professional skills, accrediting the education of more than 2000 professionals in the sector by 2020.

 

Green Building Council Finland

Value Chain Transformation

  • Will assist in developing a long term transformation to the Finnish building renovation industry through the BUILD UPON project.
  • Will continue to train professionals on sustainability issues and toolkits in our GBPRO courses.

Finance

  • Will continue work on increasing efficient investments in green buildings.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • Will continue our work with partners in government, local authorities and ministries to develop and implement a successful green building policy strategy

Measurement and Accountability

  • Will continue the development and mainstreaming of Building Performance Indicators created by Green Building Council Finland

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

Green Building Council Finland defined with Nordic countries a common definition and means of sustainable urban design.

We organised training of LCA calculation and sustainable materials and organised events about NZEB and energy efficient buildings.

We created a database of sustainable buildings with our Building Performance Indicators. Our * Climate Street project helps residents and entrepreneurs to collaborate towards low carbon cities.

Our UNEP / Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme with the Ministry of Environment hosted events, information and funding projects in India, Kenia, Burkina Faso, Nepal and Colombia.

We organised six events for the BUILD UPON project. 

 

France Green Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • To foster innovation and R&D in favour of responsible buildings and sustainable cities.
  • To encourage building design appropriate to the needs of the territory and the inhabitants.
  • To encourage the pursuit of quality signs, labels (voluntary or regulatory) and certifications to assess energy and environmental ambitions of buildings; to promote French quality signs internationally and in particular the most recognized and representative including HQE for sustainable buildings, urban planning and infrastructures; to speed up the deployment of the «RGE» qualification which recognizes the skills of energy efficiency and renewable energy professionals.
  • To include life-cycle indicators in future regulation, including one for carbon footprints.
  • To aim by 2050 at better consideration of quality indicators for future buildings, for instance biodiversity, health, air quality etc.
  • To ensure extension and growth of initiatives fighting fuel poverty.
  • To support buildings’ energy refurbishment when there is a mutation.
  • To develop energy renovation of joint ownership properties, for instance through the mobilization of professionals.
  • To support the development of comprehensive renovation solutions and solutions adapted to the big volume of the renovation market.
  • To lead the digital transition of the building and real estate sector in parallel with the energy and environmental transitions.
  • To foster the development and the appropriation of numerical tools and methods.
  • To develop new numerical tools of collaboration and training (as an example MOOCs) in favour of the energy transition.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • The Sustainable Building Plan will carry on mobilizing all the sector’s actors to foster the achievement of energy and environmental transition objectives in the building sector, which are enshrined in the law, particularly: to speed up the buildings energy renovation in housing with an objective of 500 000 major refurbishments per year, in order to reduce fuel poverty by 15 % in 2020; to aim for a low energy consumption housing stock by 2050 ; to aim for the renovation of the most energy intensive dwellings by 2025. A follow-up of these general objectives and of the deployment of the related tools will be implemented with the support of all stakeholders and consultation bodies. This strategy deployment will take place with the support of all territorial actors, public and private, with a particular mobilization of the Sustainable Building Plan’s regional chapters.
  • To aim for energy exemplary nature of public buildings of the State and local authorities through energy positive buildings with high environmental performance wherever possible.
  • To encourage the real estate sector during the two coming years to build exemplary buildings in order to benefit from the resulting feedback when designing future frameworks for energy and environmental standards.
  • To aim for a decline of at least 60% of final energy consumption for public and private non-residential buildings in 2050. The Sustainable Building Plan promises to pursue the voluntary mobilization of the building and real estate sector through the charter for non-residential and public sector buildings’ energy refurbishment. The Sustainable Building Plan and its partners will look for specific actions with regard to buildings owned by SMEs and education buildings.
  • To encourage quality architecture and public spaces in which people will enjoy living over time.

Finance

  • The Sustainable Building Plan will raise awareness on public financial tools for energy renovation designed for households such as the individual or collective zero-interest-rate eco-loan and tax credit for energy transition.
  • The finance professionals already fund energy renovation through the zero interest rate eco-loan and other more classic loans. The industry will make a communication effort to deliver very concrete information on existing solutions provided by banks to fund energy renovation works.
  • Development of third-party funding: fund of renovation works and follow-up.
  • If need be, new appropriated tools will be studied and implemented in the residential and non-residential sector.
  • A transition towards a real energy efficiency guarantee will be sought.

Read the full press release here. 

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

At COP21 we committed to include life-cycle indicators in the future regulation, including one for carbon footprint. As of July 2016 we now have in France the first label for energy and carbon. France GBC has been an important contributor to this work. It is a voluntary label, anticipating the future new regulation for new buildings (all new buildings to be energy-positive by 2020). According to our low-carbon strategy voted in November 2015, France aims at reducing GHG emissions by 87% by 2050. The future regulation will focus on the two targets: GHG reduction and energy consumption reduction. The carbon calculation (expressed in kg of CO2 equivalent per m²) includes impact of construction phase and operation phase.

At COP21 we committed to have HQE certified buildings in 35 countries by 2020. As of today we are present in 23 countries and we are confident we will achieve our target.

 

Guatemala Green Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • GGBC commits to design our events to match the UN Sustainable Development Goals agenda to facilitate market transformation to green building products & technologies.
  • We commit to training at least 125 professionals in green building per year.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • GGBC commits to working with local city halls to advocate favorable policies for promoting green buildings.

Finance

  • We will work with our members to measure and promote the commercial value drivers for investing in, developing, designing, constructing, and operating green buildings while enhancing health, wellbeing & quality of life.

Measurement and Accountability

  • GGBC commits to carrying out a yearly competition to recognize the greenest leaders and companies according to verified green criteria.
  • We will promote environmental certifications, in particular our own “Living Standard”, certifying at least 10 green homes by 2020.

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

Since COP21, GGBC has designed our events to match the UN Sustainable Development Goals agenda to facilitate market transformation to green building productsand technologies.

We committed to train at least 125 professionals in green building per year, by now we have already educated up to 700 professionals and students.

GGBC has been working with Guatemala city hall on favorable policies for promoting green buildings.

 

Hong Kong Green Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • In the next five years, HKGBC aims to accredit at least 350 new BEAM practitioners per year. 
  • In the next five years, HKGBC together with BEAM Society Ltd will provide at least 12,000 CPD training man hours per year to the existing BEAM practitioners.
  • In the next five years, register at least 200 million square feet of Gross Floor Area (GFA) under BEAM Plus.
  • In the next five years, certify at least 150 million square feet of GFA under BEAM Plus.

Finance

  • HKGBC aims to influence the HKSAR Government and other relevant bodies to provide financial incentives on improving the environmental performance of existing buildings.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • HKGBC will work with the HKSAR Government to support the implementation of its Energy Saving Plan 2015~2025+, which sets target of reducing Hong Kong's overall energy intensity by 40% by 2025, using 2005 as the baseline.
  • For the building sector specifically, HKGBC also puts forth the HK3030 Campaign to reduce the absolute electricity consumption of buildings by 30% as compared to the 2005 level by the year 2030. 

Measurement and Accountability

  • Through BEAM Plus and other schemes (e.g. energy benchmarking tools for specific premises), HKGBC aims to create a building energy consumption database and encourage both new and existing buildings to perform better than statutory requirements or industry norms. The overall aim is to help Hong Kong achieve the objectives set in HK3030 and the Government’s Energy Saving Plan 2015~2025+.

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

In March 2016, we launched a revamped version of our Existing Building rating tool (in BEAM Plus), which provides more flexible pathways for different types of existing buildings to join the certification programme. Up to now we have seen that there has been an obvious increase in the number of enrolments.

In the Government of HKSAR’s Energy Saving Plan (launched in 2015) and Climate Ready @ HK Campaign (launched in 2016 after COP21), the Government urged the building operators to carry out retro-commissioning to their buildings.

An “ACT-Shop” Programme, which delivers retro-commissioning practices to the private building sectors through a knowledge-based approach, was therefore developed by the HKGBC in order to support the Government’s initiatives and bring the HK3030 Campaign into practice. It sets the retro-commissioning targets within the industry, and proposes a timeline in various parts of the Programme, such as pilot studies, training and certification of professionals, and development of practices and standards for Hong Kong. The Programme aims to engage different building practitioners to work together so as to drive the industry on implementation of knowledge-based energy management and retro-commissioning practices thus improving the energy efficiency in buildings.

Facilitators from HKGBC are working directly with building operators and guiding them step-by-step from data collection and data analysis to identifying saving potentials through implementation, measurement and verification. With the database and knowledge built up through the ACT-Shop programme, HKGBC will work with the Government on transferring the knowledge and skills to the industry, with an aim to establishing this approach as the best practices of the industry.

Through the ACT-Shop programme, HKGBC becomes a major strategic partner in reducing the energy consumption of private buildings through retro-commissioning. Meanwhile, the Government will be carrying out pilot studies in government buildings. The knowledge and data will be shared to produce guidelines on retro-commissioning for the industry.

 

Indian Green Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • IGBC commits to facilitating market transformation of green building products & technologies.
  • IGBC commits to working towards generating awareness and building capacity of green building professionals, architects, builders, developers, students and other stakeholders.

Finance

  • IGBC commits to demonstrating that green buildings make good business sense while enhancing health, wellbeing & quality of life.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • IGBC commits to working with all the relevant stakeholders to advocate favourable policies for promoting green buildings.

Measurement and Accountability

  • IGBC commits to facilitating 10 billion sq. ft (929 030 400 sq. m) of registered green building footprint through voluntary industry-led initiatives by 2022.

 

Irish Green Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • By 2020, we will work with partners to ensure that 60,000 construction workers can undertake training in energy efficiency, through the QualiBuild Foundation Energy Skills Programme.
  • By 2020, we will have trained over 500 professionals in green building certifications.

Finance

  • We will work with our members to promote and develop tools and standards, such as the Home Performance Index (HPI), that will ensure there is a way of measuring the carbon impacts across the entire life cycle of buildings and will drive investments in green building.
  • We will strengthen the business case for investment in green buildings by promoting the co-benefits of health and wellbeing through campaigns such as the “Better Places for People”.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • We will work with the government and local authorities to accelerate the rate of change in Ireland to a sustainable built environment.
  • We will build consensus on how to decarbonise the built environment by bringing together over 200 stakeholders from the financial, construction, and civil society to develop and agree a long term renovation strategy for Ireland through the BUILDUPON project.

Measurement and Accountability

  • Click here to see pledges made by IGBC's member organisations.

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

The first Home Performance Index (HPI) certified building has been opened by the Irish Minister for Housing.

The BUILD UPON programme has been a huge success for the Irish GBC, and we recently published an initial set of 10 recommendations for a better national renovation strategy.

 

Green Building Council Italia

Value Chain Transformation

a) Green Certified Buildings: GBC Italia commits to certifying 200.000 m2 of Green Buildings within the next 10 years;

b) Energy efficiency in existing buildings: GBC Italia commits to introducing a rating system for the certification of deep renovation and maintenance of residential buildings within the next 2 years;

c) Workforce capacity: GBC Italia commits to training 5000 Green Building professionals within the next 10 years.

Finance

GBC Italia commits to proposing innovative financial solutions to boost investments in Green Buildings, in the deep renovation of buildings and in urban renaissance.

Government Policy & Strategy

GBC Italia commits to working with national, regional, municipal Public Administrations to support development and implementation of a “2020-2050 Roadmap” consistent with European commitments on climate and circular economy.

Measurement and Accountability

GBC Italia will support members to set and report against ambitious targets and action plans that will contribute to achieving the goals that will be approved at COP21.

 

Kazakhstan Green Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • By the end of 2016 KazGBC commits to developing OMIR - a green building certification system for Kazakhstan including:
    • OMIR green building tool for multiunit residential buildings;
    • OMIR green building tool for office buildings;
    • education and accreditation program for OMIR green building professionals for both tools;
    • web-portal for OMIR online certification process for both tools.
  • By the end of 2020 KazGBC commits to training 1000 accredited OMIR green building professionals.
  • By the end of 2020 KazGBC commits to reaching 200 OMIR-certified green buildings.

 

Korea Green Building Council
 

Government Policy and Strategy

  • Help shape upcoming Korean government policies to develop a roadmap to help accelerate the reduction of carbon emissions in both new construction and existing building stock and work with real estate investors, owners and the building professional to effectively execute measures to reduce GHG emissions.  More specific metrics shall be further developed in 2016 and 2017.

Value Chain Transformation

  • Currently, there are over 5,000 buildings in Korea in the process of obtaining green building certifications. KGBC will target 10,000 more green building certifications by 2020.
  • KGBC entered into an MOU with Architecture 2030 to embrace the 2030 Challenge of striving to achieve a carbon neutral built environment by 2030. To help facilitate this, KGBC will adopt Architecture 2030 Professional Training Series to re-train building professionals to better design carbon neutral and net zero buildings using low cost, no cost design strategies.
  • KGBC also plans to work closely with Architecture 2030 and the local architectural community to embrace a “Korea Accord” similar to the “China Accord” signed earlier this year where the leading architectural firms make commitments to adopt the 2030 Challenge in their design process.

Finance

  • KGBC will also embrace the “Business Case for Green Buildings” philosophy of the World Green Building Council to demonstrate to real estate investors, developers and owners that green buildings can achieve higher profitability.
  • With the recent MOU with GRESB, KGBC will help foster the real estate investment community in Korea to become GRESB participants to embrace the ESG vision of GRESB.

 

Latvian Sustainable Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • LSBC commits to kick starting the training of building professionals in 2016 to build, plan and procure sustainable buildings.
  • LSBC commits to establishing an experts network to consult green building projects from the project idea to operations and maintenance and beyond by creating a database of verified experts that have proven their expertise with professional experience.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • We commit to working together with other NGOs as well as governmental officials to support deep energy efficient renovations, green public procurement, innovation and safety and quality of buildings.

Measurement and Accountability

  • LSBC commits to carrying out a yearly competition to recognize the greenest building according to verified green criteria.

 

Green Building Council of Mauritius

Government Policy and Strategy

  • We will assist the Government of Mauritius in achieving a 30% improvement on the Government of Mauritius INDC on Energy Efficiency by implementing projects and collaborating on projects in respect of the built environment.

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

We have focused on getting the Energy Efficiency Building Regulations and Energy Efficiency Building Code enacted and providing education.

The GBCM chair was part of the consortium who wrote the Energy Efficiency Building Regulations (EEBR) and Energy Efficiency Building Code (EEBC) in 2011. A new project was commissioned to simplify the code so this can be enacted. The GBCM chair again formed part of the consortium simplifying the EEBC. During the process, our role was to negotiate so that the previous items are either not removed or lowered in regulatory level.

We addressed the facilitation of the enactment of the EEBR and EEBC with various stakeholders, Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Construction Industry Development Board – such as a workshop with all stakeholders during the World Green Building Week.

We provided education in greening existing buildings and at the same time promoted the Existing Building Performance rating tool (Green Star SA).We are also working on publications such as the “Passive Design Guidelines” and “Construction of a house guide”.

 

Panama Green Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • PanamaGBC commits to training 3250 individuals (professionals from different backgrounds, university students, among others) by 2020, in Green building and sustainability principles through seminars, workshops and educational sessions.
  • By 2020, we will have reached 5000 students (K-12 schools/1000 students per year) through our partnership with the Green School Coalition.
  • In the period 2015-2020, Panama GBC commits to increase accredited LEED professionals (or in any other holistic rating tool in the market) up to 250 individuals.
  • We are committed to delivering all our International Forums on Sustainable Cities from 2015 until 2020 as net zero through emission monitoring and compensation

Government Policy and Strategy

  • Panama GBC will continue to work closely with ministries such as, the Ministry of Environment, National Secretariat of Energy and also with Panama City Municipality to promote policies and standards on sustainable construction, consonant and consistent with the needs of the local market. We also commit to following up the implementation and enforcement of these regulations.

Finance

  • Panama GBC commits to strengthening our partnerships with international organizations that provide funding for climate change and sustainable construction initiatives
  • Panama GBC commits to influencing government to promote investment in technical projects for the development of Panama baselines (water, energy, material consumption amongst others).

Measurement and Accountability

  • Panama GBC commits to influencing the private sector so that more and more companies certify their buildings under LEED or any other holistic rating tool in the market.
  • Panama GBC commits to developing a certification for the residential sector that meets the climatic and cultural needs of the country.

 

Peru Green Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • Achieve a minimum of 3 million gross square meters of LEED certified space (today 262,000) by the year 2020.
  • Increase, by 50% the number of LEED Accredited Professionals and LEED Green Associates by the year 2020.
  • After being able to develop the “National Sustainable Code for Construction” with the collaboration of the “Peruvian Ministry of the Environment”, “Peruvian Ministry of Housing”, the “Peruvian chamber of Construction”, and the IFC (International Finance Corporation) on 2015, we will continue to provide the tools and support for developing new policies, as well as upgrading the code to its version 2 by 2017.
  • We will continue to promote training on green buildings and sustainability at educational institutions, from K-12 institutions all the way to higher education entities, by partnering with the private and public sector through the “Global Coalition for Green Schools” and the “Green Apple Day of Service” activities. 
  • Alongside LEED Certification, we will strive to improve awareness of the construction market on sustainable and best practices by promoting different tools and guidelines of certification such as Edge, WELL, Sites, GRESB, PEER.

Finance

  • To continue working with local and international financial institutions to help promote sustainable development, to help banks reduce risk and implement green construction and development loans.
  • To continue working with our members to measure and promote the commercial value drivers for investing in, developing, designing, constructing, and operating green buildings.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • To continue working with the Government and different local municipalities in order to increase the investment on green buildings across the city of Lima and expand to the rest of the country.

Measurement and Accountability

  • Develop and partner with entities specialised on delivering credible information on environmental, health, social and economic benefits of sustainable construction (buildings and infrastructure).
  • Develop a “Guideline for LEED Qualifying Products” in collaboration with the LEED International Roundtable that should further expand to a “General Sustainable Products Guide and Resources”. This document will be public to all and serve as a tool for products to raise the bar and comply to sustainable regulations and certifications worldwide.

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

Value Chain Transformation

We committed to achieving a minimum of 3 million gross square meters of LEED certified space (today 262,000) by the year 2020. We have certified over 10 LEED projects this year, reaching almost 1 million gross square meters of LEED certified space.

We committed to increase, by 50% the number of LEED Accredited Professionals and LEED Green Associates by the year 2020. We have done five LEED related classes this year, three general ones and two specific LEED Green Associate, training over 30 students and increasing the number of LEED accreditations in the country.

We did our first non-centralised GADOS project in the city of Chimbote, Perú and we did the first EDGE In-person training for the South American region in the city of Lima, Perú, in August.

Government Policy and Strategy

We committed to continue working with the Government and different local municipalities in order to increase the investment on green buildings across the city of Lima and expand to the rest of the country. We have participation on a new governmental working group for the development of a cleaner concrete production act. 

 

Polish Green Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • We commit to training at least 50 professionals in green building per year.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • We commit to working closely with other organizations promoting energy efficiency in buildings (with special attention to the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Platform)

Finance

  • We commit to delivering credible information on environmental, health, social and economic benefits of green buildings.
  • We will focus on the relation between buildings and health, wellbeing and productivity of people through campaigns such as Better Places for People.

Measurement and Accountability

  • We commit to further developing and disseminating the Polish certified buildings database.
  • Click here to see pledges made by PLGBC's member organisations.

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

Value Chain Transformation

We committed to training at least 50 professionals in green building per year. We have trained 100 people, with at least 20 more during 2016.

Government Policy and Strategy

We committed to working closely with other organisations promoting energy efficiency in buildings (with special attention to the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Platform). We have made really good progress, not only working with the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Platform, but also this year we joined an alliance called Effective Poland, that supports the idea of deep thermo-modernisation of buildings.

Finance

We committed to delivering credible information on environmental, health, social and economic benefits of green buildings. We are actively promoting green building, especially via writing press articles and organising conferences. This year we have published several articles in industry and national media, with very wide coverage.

We committed to focus on the relationship between buildings and health, wellbeing and productivity of people through campaigns such as Better Places for People. The implementation of the campaign in Poland has been really good, with our 6th annual green building conference focusing on health and wellbeing in new and refurbished buildings. We are publishing articles on this topic and training people in the WELL Building Standard.

Measurement and Accountability

We committed to further developing and disseminating the Polish certified buildings database. In order to disseminate information about certified buildings in Poland, based on our database we have created a report, where we analyse which certificates are there in Poland, for what kind of buildings, in which part of Poland.

 

Singapore Green Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • We will work with the Government to support the intent of Singapore’s INDC to reduce emissions intensity by 36% from 2005 levels by 2030, and stabilise its emissions with the aim of peaking around 2030.
  • We will work with both the private and public sectors to base procurement decisions on sustainability-centred principles and increase the adoption of Singapore Green Building Product certified products and materials in the built environment.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • Together with our members, we will work with the Government to attain the target of 80% of buildings in Singapore to achieve BCA Green Mark standards by 2030.
  • We will continually promote green building design, practices and technology, and support the government efforts to build capability and professionalism.
  • We will work with members to build capability: equipping them with the knowledge to measure the carbon footprint of buildings; assisting in the improvement of energy efficiency of their buildings; supporting new and current members in bringing green certified products and services easily to market.
  • We will support the government to develop a green collar workforce and train 20,000 professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs) by 2020 to sustain the local green building movement.
  • We will strengthen our pro-active programme of public education and industry promotion of sustainability in the building and construction industry.

Measurement and Accountability

  • We will enhance the Singapore Green Building Product (SGBP) labelling scheme for green building-related products in Singapore, to ensure that building products are impartially evaluated for their qualities and benchmarked against similar products in its category.
  • We will provide certification services and comprehensive listings for Green Building Services, to promote best practices to support environmental sustainability among service firms in the industry.

 

Green Building Council of South Africa

Value Chain Transformation

  • The GBCSA will continue to engage with 50 of the leading and largest property owners (the listed sector and corporate real estate market) in South Africa to make a formal statement of commitment in respect of their green building principles and practices and to, by 2020, have secured a statement of commitment from at least 60% of these organisations.
  • A target of 12 000 professionals to be trained in green building principles and practices by 2020.

Measurement and Accountability

  • A target of 2500 commercial green building certifications by 2020 (which are on average 30% more energy efficient than the South African legislated standard for energy efficiency), which will represent approximately 10 million square metres of gross building area.
  • A target of 10 000 residential green building certifications by 2020 (certifications per home).
  • The GBCSA commit to introducing a net zero/positive certication scheme by 2020 for buildings, which will cover energy/carbon and possibly also cover water and waste. This will leverage and be built upon the GBCSA’s current Green Star SA and Energy Water Performance certication schemes that already can assess whether a building is water or energy neutral or positive, but will allow for specic recognition and acknowledgement of this net zero/positive aspect only, so as to elevate its importance.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • Fully leveraging our agreement with local government to capacitate councilors, executives and managers to develop green building strategies and practices, so that at least 10% of their staff are trained in green building principles and practices by 2020.
  • Assisting and inspiring our fellow African nations to establish and capacitate GBC’s in their countries by providing support with rating tools, training, etc. – by 2020 we would like to see at least 5 more GBC’s become WGBC ‘Established’ GBCs.

 

Tanzania Green Building Council

Measurement and Accountability

  • Commitment to certify 300,000m2 of Green Building within the next 5 years.

Finance

  • Working in collaboration with the Bank of Africa (BOA) to provide preferential rates to Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency projects.

 

Green Building Council Turkey

Value Chain Transformation

  • GBC Turkey commits to certifying 15 million m2 of additional green buildings within the next five years. 
  • GBC Turkey commits to develop, introduce and implement rating and certification systems for deep renovation, maintenance and operational performance monitoring of residential buildings plus guiding and certification system for neighborhoods of residential and commercial buildings until 2020.
  • GBC Turkey commits to develop and continuously update local construction materials LCI database available for the use of the sector in 2016.
  • GBC Turkey commits to training 2,500 Green Building professionals within the next five years.
  • GBC Turkey commits to increasing the number of Accredited Professionals (AP) to 500 within the next five years.
  • In line with the above commitments, GBC Turkey will continue cooperating with all other building sector stakeholders, promoting awareness for sustainable built environment with lower ecological impact towards social wellbeing and healthy communities.
  • GBC Turkey shall continue partnering and cooperating with other GBCs towards our common future goals.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • GBC Turkey commits to working with national, regional local public administrations and municipalities to support development and implementation of a “2020-2050 Roadmap” in line with credible INDC goals and or zero energy buildings programs consistent with European commitments on climate change and circular economy towards a healthy, sustainable built environment.

Finance

  • GBC Turkey commits to actively developing and proposing innovative financial solutions to boost investments in Green Buildings and Communities, in deep renovation of buildings and in urban transformation.

Measurement and Accountability

  • GBC Turkey commits to convert residential certification programs from qualitative rating to measurable quantitative indicators.
  • GBC Turkey aims to integrate building performance monitoring and reporting transparency in all existing or to be developed certification programs.

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

We implemented the COP21 Building Day Commitments into our five year road map and working plans.

We have published “Çedbik Konut”, the Turkish Residential Green Building Certification Program and issued the first certificate.

We are cooperating with all stakeholders to prepare the roadmap towards deep renovation under the BUILD UPON project.

We have started work on material lifecycle inventory and related software development.

 

UK Green Building Council

Value Chain Transformation

  • By 2020 we will have trained over 5000 professionals, through a total of 20,000 hours of formalised training and practical learning on the delivery of energy efficiency and net zero carbon solutions.
  • By 2020, we will have engaged over 200 board level business leaders in the green building agenda, through our Leaders Network.
  • By 2020 we will have trained 150 “future leaders”, in a programme of innovation and leadership, ensuring that the business leaders of tomorrow are prepared to adapt to risks and maximise low carbon opportunities.

Finance

  • We will work with our members to measure and promote the commercial value drivers for investing in, developing, designing, constructing, and operating low and zero carbon buildings.
  • We will strengthen the business case for investment in low and zero carbon buildings by promoting the co-benefits of health and wellbeing through the “Better Places for People” campaign.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • We will work with government at the national and local level to enable the development and implementation of policies that promote green building, in support of the Construction 2025 target of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment.

Measurement and Accountability

  • We will offer support and challenge to our members, on their processes for measuring greenhouse gas emissions; targeting improvements, and reporting transparently on performance.
  • By 2020 we will achieve a 40% improvement in electricity efficiency (excl heating & cooling) and source 100% of our electricity from renewable energy.
  • Click here to see pledges made by UKGBC's member organisations.

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

We committed by 2020 to achieve a 40% improvement in electricity efficiency (excl heating & cooling) and source 100% of our electricity from renewable energy

By March 2016 we were able to demonstrate an 8% decrease in electricity use per staff member, over the course of the previous 12 months. We have since undergone an office refurbishment including installing efficient new ventilation systems, to enable an increased number of staff using the office, whilst supporting our energy efficiency and health and wellbeing targets. We are proud to report that it has been confirmed as the lowest embodied carbon office refurbishment ever recorded in the UK, and it will also enable us to reduce our electricity use for lighting by 48% .

We committed to offer support and challenge our members, on their processes for measuring greenhouse gas emissions; targeting improvements, and reporting transparently on performance.

We have completed "Sustainability 360" reviews with 42 of our Gold Leaf members, which included a focus on energy and greenhouse gas strategy, targets and performance. We were able to highlight that 64% are reporting on their Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions; 75% are setting quantifiable carbon or GHG reduction targets; and almost half have installed renewable technologies. Through the process we were able to shine a spotlight on examples of success and therefore inspire members to emulate best practice. We are also embarking on major programmes of work to provide guidance for clients on reducing embodied carbon, and providing learning opportunities on the importance of setting "science based" greenhouse gas targets.

 

United States Green Building Council

Green Certified Buildings

  • In the next five years, USGBC commits to scaling up to support certification of a projected over 5 billion square feet (478 million sq. m.) of green building with LEED and EDGE.

Workforce Capacity

  • USGBC commits to expanding its platform for worldwide education in green building, and, with our educational partners, to doubling the non-English language offerings in the next five years.

Government Policy and Strategy

  • USGBC will continue to advocate for, and support all levels of government in developing, policies and strategies for public and private sector green building.

Finance

  • In the next five years, USGBC commits to advancing building performance transparency metrics for the finance community, including tools for investors, lenders and underwriters through our involvement in GRESB and other initiatives to recognize and reward green attributes in building portfolios.

Measurement and Accountability

  • USGBC commits to supporting key tools that enable and encourage building performance transparency: the LEED Dynamic Plaque (performance feedback at the building scale) and GBIG.org (consolidating building achievement information) and benchmarking ordinances (creating accountability and incentive for improvement).
  • Click here to read pledges made by USGBC's member organisations.

*** COP22 UPDATE ***

Green certified buildings

In the next five years, we committed to scaling up to support certification of a projected over 5 billion square feet (478 million sq. m.) of green building with LEED and EDGE.

Since the kickoff of COP21 on November 30, 2015 through September 2016, nearly 650 million square feet of building space has been certified under the LEED Green Building Rating System. In the same timeframe, we have scaled up our capacity for certification in key emerging countries such as India.

Workforce capacity

We committed to expanding our platform for worldwide education in green building, and, with our educational partners, to doubling the non-English language offerings in the next five years.

Our online education platform now features over 3,500 course hours in 10 languages (adding three new languages in the past year), on topics of new green building research, strategies, standards, and technologies.

Measurement & Accountability

We committed to supporting key tools that enable and encourage building performance transparency: the LEED Dynamic Plaque and GBIG.org

We have continued to develop our renamed arc performance platform into a measurement tool for carbon in energy use, and carbon from employee transportation. This tool is now in use in buildings around the globe. Our public data platform GBIG added 31,846 new green building activities from October 2015 to October 2016.

Making It Happen


Corporate Advisory Board 

CDL (City Developments Limited) 

  • CDL is aiming to achieve a 22% decrease in CO2 emissions by 2020 and 25% by 2030 (from a 2007 baseline).
  • CDL will support national and international efforts to keep global warming to below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures.

For more information, click here.

 

 

LendLease 

  • LendLease has committed to developing to the highest two certifications in the geographies they operate in, and deliver two major global community-scale developments that are net positive by 2020.

 

Philips

  • Philips commits to becoming carbon neutral by 2020. It plans to meet the goal through a multi-pronged attack on the way it uses energy, aimed to drive down energy consumption in its own operations by reducing energy use, logistics and business travel.

 

UTC

  • UTC is aiming for a 27% reduction in GHG between 2006-2015.

 

Saint-Gobain

  • Saint-Gobain will reduce energy consumption of the company activities by 15% by 2025
  • It will reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from its tertiary buildings (with CARE: 4® program) by 75% by 2040.
  • It will promote sustainable and responsible building to conserve energy and natural resources while providing comfort and well-being.
  • It will develop innovative and efficient solutions contributing to increasing energy efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of buildings through their entire lifecycle.

For a full list of Saint-Gobain’s commitments, click here.

Click here to see Green Building Councils' corporate member commitments.