Published on September 12th, 2016 | by Dawn Killough
Celebrate World Green Building Week 2016
World Green Building Week is the annual opportunity for Green Building Councils, their members, and leaders from around the world to showcase to everyone how their actions and leadership are helping to deliver green buildings in their own countries, and to celebrate the positive outcomes they lead to. This year’s event will be held the week of September 26-October 2, 2016.
The theme for the week is “Change Your Perspective,” an evolution of Better Build Green, which was introduced at COP21 in Paris last year. According to a press release from the World Green Building Council:
“There are so many interesting and often untold facts and figures that can genuinely change how people think about buildings, and specifically green building. We need them to understand the impact and benefits that green buildings can have on global emissions, energy, water, health and wellbeing, the economy and beyond…
“By combining these statistics with striking new visuals and images of buildings from unique angles – and sharing them widely across social media and other digital platforms – we can change their perspective, and demonstrate that Better Build Green is the answer.”
Green building councils around the world are hosting events and promoting green building through social media during World Green Building Week. For example, in France, Association HQE-France GBC, will be hosting a tour of Poste Immo’s historical building in Paris, which has been rehabilitated and certified with HQE, LEED and BREEAM, and will include commentary from the architects and engineers.
Also in France, L’Ecole des Ponts, Paris Tech university, which has a specific masters degree on sustainable real estate, is hosting a conference on the role of users in contributing to a building’s energy efficiency.
In Budapest, Hungary, event-goers can take a Green Walk every day of World Green Building Week, visiting almost 20 facilities and buildings that are usually closed to the public. The walks are guided by the buildings’ architects, developers or facility managers, so participants can receive interesting, first-hand information on the projects.
London will host a one hour conference on “Building Prosperous Cities.” This unique conference will examine what green infrastructure and natural capital mean for the planning and development of UK cities. The program includes a case study session featuring Plymouth, Glasgow and Belfast, chaired by Stephen Wilkinson (Vice President of the Royal Town Planning Institute).
The Green Building Council of Namibia is holding its Convention all week in Katutura. The first three days are for Green Star SA-Namibia Accredited Professional trainings in New Buildings, Existing Buildings, and Interiors. The last two days are the Convention and exhibitions. Key Namibian professionals in the construction industry will be gathered here to exchange ideas on their knowledge areas and innovations, while meeting other international speakers from across the continent, and beyond.
For more information, and events in your country, see WorldGreenBuildingWeek.org.
Source: World Green Building Council