World Green Building Week is the world’s largest campaign to accelerate sustainable buildings for everyone, everywhere. Organised by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), it is led by its global network of 70 Green Building Councils, including GBCSA, and its 36 000 members.
The World Green Building Week will take place 12 – 16 September and this year the focus is on “Building for Everyone”. You can get involved in accelerating climate action for thriving communities.
Recent global shocks have taught us the importance of community and the consequences of human impact on the world we live in. Four billion people are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and the World Meteorological Organisation reports we have a 50% chance of breaching 1.5°C of warming over the next five years.
According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution kills over seven million people a year. The energy and cost of living crisis is already disproportionately affecting our societies’ most vulnerable people.
The built environment is part of the challenge and part of the solution. The global built environment is responsible for almost 40% of global energy-related carbon emissions and 50% of extracted materials.
By 2050, 1.6 billion urban dwellers will be regularly exposed to extreme high temperatures, which causes droughts and wildfire, and over 800 million people living in more than 570 cities will be vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal flooding.
The built environment accounts for 10% of employment and 50% of all wealth. But climate change increases the risk of built assets becoming stranded ones. Climate change risks USD 16-trillion of value for residential real estate assets and USD 5-trillion for global commercial assets.
At a time when many of us are reflecting on how we can have a more positive influence on nature and within our communities, these challenges remind us of what is possible when we come together to achieve a shared goal.
That’s why the global network of over 70 Green Building Councils and their +36,000 members is dedicated to leading the industry towards net zero carbon, healthy, equitable and resilient built environments for everyone, everywhere.
It’s time to put people back at the heart of the built environment. That’s why WorldGBC is inviting their global community to take urgent action to scale up solutions for low carbon and highly resilient sustainable built environments. It’s time to accelerate climate action and contribute to thriving communities and economies.
This World Green Building Week, they are showing how their network’s holistic approach to #BuildingforEveryone can accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable built environments for everyone, everywhere.