World Green Building Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of green buildings as one the most effective means to achieving a range of global goals, such as addressing climate change, creating sustainable and thriving communities, and driving economic growth. As a part of large World Green Building Councils’ network, Kuwait Green Building Council takes part in the World Green Building Week every year by organizing various capacity building, educational, awareness, outreach and technical events for the local community in Kuwait.
World Green Building Week is the flagship event of the global green building movement organised by WorldGBC and led by its network of over 70 Green Building Councils and their 32,000 member companies.
World Green Building Week 2019
This World Green Building Week, we’re Building Life and exploring how we can create a green, healthy and climate resilient built environment for all.
This year’s campaign aims to raise greater awareness of the carbon emissions from all stages of a building’s life-cycle, and therefore encourage new practices and new ways of thinking to work towards reducing carbon emissions from buildings.
Did you know buildings and construction are responsible for 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions? 28% of these emissions come from the operational “in-use” phase – to heat, power and cool them, while 11% of these emissions are attributed to embodied carbon emissions, which refers to carbon that is released during the construction process and material manufacturing.
To date, the building and construction industry’s focus has been on operational emissions and how buildings actually perform in-use.
However, in order to fully decarbonise by 2050 to keep global warming to below 1.5 degrees, the building and construction sector must also tackle embodied emissions from the entire building life-cycle.
Therefore, this World Green Building Week, we’re calling on all of the building and construction industry supply chain to decarbonise.
- To raise awareness of building and construction emissions and embodied carbon, therefore encouraging new practices, new ways of thinking to ultimately work towards reducing carbon from buildings.
- Establish a broadly accepted definition of (net) zero embodied carbon
- Communicate globally the urgency and deadlines for goals to achieving (net) zero embodied carbon buildings
- Set a global framework for actions at a voluntary and policy level to drive change
- Explain and demonstrate the feasibility of these goals, deadlines and actions
- Generally, create a conversation around the value and importance of embodied carbon with the aim of creating and stimulating market demand for transparency, improvements, and verification of embodied carbon reductions
- Repeat (Reuse, Recycle)
World Green Building Week 2018
This year, we want everyone, everywhere to take action and commit to making a change in the homes they build, lease or live in. We can all do something to make our home a greener, healthier and more energy efficient home. Let’s start now.
Did you know that buildings – including the homes we live in – account for around 40% of global energy consumption? That’s over a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Making a greener world starts at home and it doesn’t have to cost the earth.
Let’s put it in context. The average global electricity consumption per household is 3,500kwh – that’s 2.6 metric tons of C02 or the same as 6,384 miles driven by an average car. If we all reduced our consumption by 20% that would deliver a saving of just over half a metric ton of CO2 per household – that’s the equivalent of 1,277 miles of driving or 21.5 propane cylinders used for home barbecues. Check out this handy calculator and work out your carbon footprint. How do you stack up?
Everyone can do something to make their home greener. We can’t change the world overnight, but we can all do our bit, however small you start. You can save energy and money, create a healthier space to live in and make the planet a greener, better, safer home for generations to come. It’s easy when you know how.
World Green Building Week 2017
WorldGBC is today delighted to launch the resources under this year’s theme Our Hero Is Zero, which focuses on net zero buildings. The resources will help Green Building Councils, their members, and Partners prepare for the week.
The theme is in line with our Advancing Net Zero project and follows the launch last week of our report From Thousand to Billions, which highlights the need for all buildings to be net zero by 2050.
Buildings are often seen as the villains when it comes to climate change, but they can actually be the heroes. When buildings are net zero they use clean energy, are highly efficient and don’t waste energy – helping us to win the fight against climate change.
Net zero buildings are made possible by using clean, locally generated energy and making every building—family homes, offices, retail shops, theaters and arenas—more energy-efficient. Achieving this 2050 goal will take collaboration, and more than 70 green building councils and thousands of member companies around the world are participating in next week’s events.