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World Green Buildings Week is a time for reflection on progress to date, as well as planning for future action

World Green Building Week: Ten of Europe's most eye-catching sustainable buildings

To mark World Green Building Week, edie is showcasing ten European buildings with best-practice sustainability credentials.

23 businesses, 23 cities and six states around the world have now signed the WGBC commitment. Image: JLL

JLL targets 'net-zero' buildings by 2030

Property consultancy JLL has signed the World Green Building Council's (WGBC) net-zero carbon buildings commitment, committing it to bring operational carbon emissions to zero by 2030.

edie Explains: The green office

This free edie Explains guide, developed in partnership with Commercial Group, sets out the key considerations and practical tips for energy and sustainability professionals when it comes to rolling out a 'green office' programme to enhance operational sustainability.

The commitment builds on Manchester's vision of becoming a carbon-neutral city by 2038

Manchester commits to making all new buildings 'net-zero' by 2028

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has pledged to ensure that all new buildings erected in the city region will be 'net-zero' carbon by 2028.

The task group includes representatives from 30 businesses, and has been backed by 11 industry bodies and non-profits

Big-name businesses collaborate to form task group for net-zero buildings

A number of the biggest companies within the UK's built environment sector, including JLL, Landsec and Wilmott Dixon, have jointly formed a new task group aimed at creating an industry-led framework for net-zero buildings.

During Green GB Week, no single-use coffee cups will be on sale in the coffee bars within the Department's 1 Victoria Street headquarters

BEIS announces green buildings drive and single-use plastics crackdown

EXCLUSIVE: The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today (16 October) underlined its commitment to phasing out single-use plastics and reducing its estate emissions by 66% through two new commitments that have been posted on edie's Mission Possible Pledge Wall.

The webinar was aired on Thursday 27 September and is now available on-demand

Embodied carbon: Should 'net-zero' buildings require carbon-neutral construction?

EXCLUSIVE: Amid calls for ministers to implement policies that ensure all new buildings are built to carbon-neutral standards by 2030, key construction industry stakeholders are beginning to ask whether the definition of "net-zero" should cover embodied carbon as well as operational emissions.

The webinar was aired on Thursday 27 September and is now available on-demand

Webinar available on demand: Making net-zero the new normal in the built environment

Representatives from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Landsec and EDF Energy discussed how businesses can make 'net-zero' buildings the new normal in a recent edie webinar, which is now available to watch on demand.

Outside of solar arrays, energy-harnessing materials suitable for the built environment are in their infancy

Energy-generating building materials backed by £36m Government funding

The UK Government will spend more than £36m on new technology that will enable building materials to generate, store and release clean energy.

Four speakers have now been confirmed to speak in the hour-long, free webinar

One week left to register for edie's green buildings webinar

Sustainability and energy representatives from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Landsec and EDF Energy are all set to feature in a live edie webinar focused on green buildings, taking place 27 September.

The built environment: Leading the way with LEDs

Lighting makes our world. Imagine the London skyline at night without the millions of lights illuminating the city, or trying to navigate your office, local shopping centre or even your home with just a candle... Like it or not, the built environment is completely dependent on lighting to provide us with the internal environments we need and expect.

Four speakers have now been confirmed to speak in the hour-long webinar

Speaker line-up confirmed for edie's green buildings webinar

Sustainability and energy representatives from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Landsec and EDF Energy are all set to feature in a live edie webinar focused on green buildings, taking place 27 September.

A new £1bn ultra-sustainable community in Cambridge and Patagonia's new climate activism film are the topics of discussion

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: The £1bn eco-community and Patagonia's climate action movie

This episode of the edie podcast takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of Eddington, a new 150-hectare, sustainable community developed by the University of Cambridge, as well as a trip to the cinema to talk brand purpose and climate activism with Patagonia's general manager Ryan Gellert.

The letter calls for confirmation that energy standards will be significantly improved from 2020

Business leaders call for net-zero carbon standards for buildings by 2030

More than 50 business leaders from some of the UK's largest construction and property firms have called on ministers to implement policies that ensure all new buildings are built to net-zero carbon standards by 2030.

Research from UKGBC found that linking EPCs to household expenditure through mortgage affordability calculations could create an extra £4,000 for a buyer

Can green mortgages help the European Union reach climate and building targets?

New reports provided by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) have outlined how an "energy-efficient mortgage" could provide the ideal financial instrument to improve the energy performance of Europe's existing housing stock.

edie Explains: Building energy management systems (BEMS)

In the latest in the edie Explains series, we look at building energy management systems (BEMS), exploring what they are, what they do and what the business benefit is.

Globally, the analysis claimed that businesses can realise savings of up to $1.5trn if offices are renovated to capture green technologies

Green office renovations can capture $243bn for European businesses

Doubling renovation rates of offices to capture green building aspects across Europe could help offset growing energy demand and enable businesses to save $243bn in reduced rental costs, with separate analysis claiming that refurbishment of office furniture can trigger emissions reductions and job growth.

EXCLUSIVE: edie Explains guide to greening your office published

From cutting carbon, reducing costs and boosting staff wellbeing, the arguments for greening your office are compelling, but where do you start, and how do you create a genuinely sustainable working environment in your business?

Key areas that the toolkit will aim to tackle include flooding and the soon-to-be introduced Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)

Property industry develops sustainability toolkit for acquisitions

A coalition of the UK's leading commercial property owners has teamed up to launch an industry toolkit which delivers practical guidance on sustainability criteria within the acquisition process.

The building and construction industry accounts for around one-third of global emissions

ISO 16745: First global standard for measuring carbon footprint of buildings

A new international standard created to simplify the measuring and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing buildings will "bring a response to the expectations of all", according to industry experts.

The apartments at 119 Ebury Street apartments offer a number of benefits to residents including lower energy bills, improved indoor air quality and better sound-proofing

In practice: Grosvenor's highly sustainable redevelopment of a heritage building

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland's building project at 119 Ebury Street, Belgravia, is the UK's first listed building to achieve BREEAM 'Outstanding', utilising a range of low-carbon technologies that significantly reduce the site's environmental footprint.

The REEB update revealed that the 25% improvement in energy efficiency was matched by a 24% reduction in like-for-like energy consumption

UK property owners save £16m in energy costs over five-year period

A collaboration of 28 UK property owners, including Land Securities, Canary Wharf Group and the Crown Estate, has improved the energy efficiency of its built environment portfolio by 25% since 2011, amassing £16m in savings as a result.

The 38-page sustainability report outlines Heathrow's aim to ensure the Airport's expansion is seen as

Green buildings focus helps Heathrow hit 2020 carbon reduction target

The installation of more than 100,000 LEDs and a rooftop solar system helped Heathrow Airport achieve a 14% year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions from its buildings, enabling the business to hit a target that was set for 2020.

The WorldGBC stresses that net-zero buildings can generate new jobs, improve energy security and create future-proofing of investment for companies

Every building must be 'net-zero' carbon by 2050, says WorldGBC

The construction sector needs a "dramatic" shift towards a zero-carbon built environment to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, according to new research from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

The Liberal Democrats' environmental spokesperson Baroness Parminter told edie that her Party's proposed legislation would help protect the environment and boost the economy following Brexit

'Weak' Tories have broken environmental promises, says Lib Dem peer

EXCLUSIVE: The Conservative Party's environmental policy record since the 2015 General Election will be remembered as a period of broken promises, the Liberal Democrats' Deputy Leader in the House of Lords has told edie.

Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron has said that a greener economy

Lib Dem manifesto: Ambitious new laws for emissions reductions, green transport and the circular economy

The Liberal Democrat Party manifesto has been released, outlining a series of ambitious proposals to "build a greener economy" by establishing five new legislative pieces, including a law to deliver net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

University library in Bucharest, Europe. BREEAM still has an 80% market share on the continent

LEED and BREEAM can generate 'stories of leadership' for businesses, says USGBC

EXCLUSIVE: The ongoing expansion of LEED certification opportunities in Europe can enable businesses to become leaders in the built environment, by obtaining duel, third-party certifications that highlight the business case for green buildings.

Wilson implored companies to introduce design methods and technologies that were both scalable and dismantlable

'Lego block' buildings: Adaptability essential for building stock to combat climate change

The impacts of climate change are exasperating the living conditions of humans, forcing them to be adaptable, a trait that should be mirrored in the global building stock.

Member States have a 30 April deadline to publish updated strategies for building renovations, which account for around 36% of Europe’s emissions

Businesses push for renewed European focus on building renovations

A coalition of 300 businesses and organisations, including E.ON, Philips and Triodos Bank, has called on the European Union to take a leadership role in cutting emissions from existing building stocks, in order to reach the ambitions of the Paris Agreement.

The report calls on Government to reduce household energy bills and fuel poverty, create more than 100,000 jobs through efficiency measures and deliver one million homes

Green buildings primed to assist Government with national policies

The construction and property industry is "eager" to work with the UK Government to boost housebuilding standards, improve economic growth and help achieve binding carbon targets, but this will only be possible if an array of new policies are introduced.

The UK will not meet its target to generate 15% of its energy from renewables sources by 2020, based on current trajectories

Report: Business backing for clean technology could deliver a zero-carbon UK

The UK can become entirely self-sufficient for its energy needs if businesses and policymakers can together demonstrate a strengthened support for existing low-carbon technologies, a new report from research organisation Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has claimed.

So far, 11 of WGBC’s 74 Green Building Councils including councils in Brazil, the US and the United Arab Emirates have signed up to the project to support the private sector

First batch of businesses offer support for net-zero building project

Three businesses have thrown their weight behind a new project aimed at achieving net zero emissions in the global building stock by 2050.

Cat Hirst (centre) believes innovation can offer more than simply providing technical solutions for business

UK-GBC: Innovation will enable sustainability leadership in construction

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from the launch of its inaugural Innovation Lab workshop, the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has claimed that fostering innovation can restore confidence and strengthen leadership in the built environment during a time of "increased difficulty and uncertainty".

One year on from COP21, host nation France is keen to lead the climate movement and has introduced measures to ensure that it leaves a lasting green legacy

From green bonds to solar roads: France's low-carbon revolution is taking shape

History was made in France a little over a year ago when national delegates from across the world agreed on a landmark climate deal. With the Paris Agreement now ratified, the host nation is introducing a plethora of fresh green legislation aimed at transforming the way it interacts with the environment.

AECOM's director of sustainability and building engineering Ant Wilson regularly lectures at universities and visits schools to encourage young people to consider a career in engineering

AECOM sustainability chief awarded MBE

Multinational construction firm AECOM's sustainability director Ant Wilson has received an MBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours for his services to green building design and engineering.

edie has already shortlisted Grosvenor’s 119 Ebury Street project as a finalist in the 2017 Sustainability Leaders Awards

Grosvenor achieves first ever BREEAM Outstanding rating for a listed building

International development and management company Grosvenor's retrofit project at 119 Ebury Street in London's Belgravia has become the first ever listed residential building to achieve a BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating for its strong environmental credentials.


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