World Green Building call to action
The Green Building Council of Australia is working with other members of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) to unlock the building sector's potential to reduce energy consumption in the built environment.
WorldGBC has developed a Call to Action which, with the full support of the global green building council network, outlines a number of key objectives and recommendations that governments are strongly encouraged to consider as strategic and timely actions for achieving this end:
- Improve and refine financial mechanisms to better encourage investment in energy efficiency through buildings, which can include commitments under the Copenhagen Accord, private sector investment and other national funding sources.
- Include buildings as a leading strategy for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reduction programs in the building sector under Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs).
- Support the Common Carbon Metric initiative, which is being developed by the WorldGBC in partnership with the Sustainable Buildings Alliance and the UNEP Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative, to establish benchmarks and baselines to set and deliver measurable, reportable and verifiable emissions reductions.
- Build industry capacity through knowledge sharing across sectors, education and training programs for the workforce, and the promotion of demonstration projects.
- Work with industry to amend the Clean Development Mechanism to support and encourage investment in energy efficient building programs in developing countries, including smaller scale projects.
The actions we propose would strongly support progress toward our common objectives, and avoid locking our buildings into poor energy performance for decades to come.
In September, the WorldGBC released a special report in conjunction with World Green Building Week. Tackling Global Climate Change - Meeting Local Priorities, demonstrates the important role that green buildings can play in providing social and economic benefits such as affordable housing, job creation and disaster recovery. The special report brings together exemplary case studies from around the world and provides evidence of how green buildings have been used effectively to meet local needs.
Our collective mission is to facilitate the global transformation of the building industry towards sustainability, by promoting local green building actions as solutions to address global issues such as climate change.
In This Section
- Environment the Big Winner at this Year’s NAWIC AwardsMon 13 Feb 2017
- Political and industry leaders discuss WA's futureMon 27 Jul 2015
- Western Sydney redevelopment, Stockland Wetherill Park, awarded 5 Star Green Star ratingTue 21 Jul 2015
- First 6 Star Green Star rating for AustralandMon 27 Apr 2015
- Energy Performance Contracting – ‘Five steps to success’Wed 3 Dec 2014
- International recognition for GECA productsTue 18 Nov 2014
- BBP Consultation – Operational Waste GuidelinesThu 23 Oct 2014
- Australian leaders in energy retrofits of commercial buildings now certifiedMon 18 Aug 2014
- GBCA certification for one of the world's most sustainble business addressesThu 22 May 2014
- First UQ building awarded prestigious Green Star ratingWed 21 May 2014