Climate for growth: productivity, net zero and the cost of living
Climate change is all bad for the economy, but climate change policies are not. This report classifies 14 areas of green economic policy, including action on energy, buildings and transport, assessing what the direct impact of each will be on productivity.
A framework for mapping the organisational forms of urban greening initiatives
Urban greening activities are underpinned by diverse organisational arrangements. Frameworks have been developed to articulate how such arrangements support the understanding and development of urban greening governance and practice. This paper builds on these frameworks with an additional consideration - levels of formality and informality.
Rapid and least cost decarbonisation of building operations: discussion paper
This discussion paper has been released to engage a broad group of stakeholders that will contribute to Australia’s built environment achieving net zero operational emissions.
Building for climate change
This document highlights the key themes found from submissions on the 2020 Building for Climate Change Frameworks consultation.
Skills for a green recovery
This report outlines options for the construction sector in the United Kingdom to recruit, train and retain a skilled and productive workforce for a green recovery.
Sustainable buildings for everyone, everywhere
The World Green Building Council has released this strategy to tackle the climate emergency, health and wellbeing, and resource efficiency issues in the built environment.
A green stimulus for housing
This report makes the case that the nature of the recession predicted over the coming years necessitates fiscal stimulus measures to restart and redirect the UK economy. At the same time, the UK’s climate change targets necessitate the ‘retrofit’ of millions of homes in the...
Tomorrow’s homes: a policy framework to transition to sustainable homes for all Australians
This report shows how investing in better design for Australian housing can deliver a double benefit. If implemented now, it can protect jobs and keep money flowing to sustain the economy. In the long term, it can lower energy bills and reduce carbon emissions, thus...
Optimization of green building design processes: case studies within the European union
Two case studies in Italy and two case studies in Spain are analyzed, and the effects of the project management issues are evaluated under three different points of view: Time, cost, and level of sustainability of the building. A poorly planned process for the achievement...
2019 global status report for buildings and construction
This year’s Global Status Report provides an update on drivers of CO2 emissions and energy demand globally since 2017, along with examples of policies, technologies and investments that support low-carbon building stocks.
Guide to low carbon commercial buildings – new build
This guide acts as a practical reference for the design of high-performance, low-carbon commercial buildings. The target audience is everyone involved in the creation of new commercial buildings, from architects, consultants and designers, to developers and owners.
Every building counts: a practical plan for emissions reduction in the built environment
This document provides a set of recommendations for how Australia can reduce emissions in the built environment. It covers residential, commercial and public buildings that are ready for implementation by the federal government.
Green mortgages: Financial incentives to design and build high-performance homes
This research forms part of BRANZ’s Exceeding the Minimum Programme. It considers how the New Zealand banking sector can lead the way in financing mortgages and home loan packages that consider building integrated features in high performance homes.
A zero carbon road map for Aotearoa's buildings
This road map sets out the steps that New Zealand needs to take to get all buildings zero carbon by 2050 and all new buildings zero carbon by 2030.
What are the effects of residential building energy performance disclosure policies on property values?
A rapid systematic review of international academic literature suggests that home buyers typically value a more energy efficient home, and when presented with easily accessible information in the form of an energy performance rating, are willing to pay more to live in one.
Mainstreaming low carbon residential precincts – the WGV Living Laboratory
The structure of this report is based on the CRCLCL RP3033 project activities which included:
Maximising your investment: using rating tools to attract sustainable finance for real estate
Sustainable finance has been an area of interest to the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) for some time. NABERS have been closely monitoring green bond issuances in the property sector and are encouraged by the uptake of sustainable finance solutions many customers are...
Guide to low carbon commercial buildings – retrofit
This guide provides methods for retrofitting commercial buildings to improve performance while reducing energy and carbon use.
An overview of climate change and building energy: performance, responses and uncertainties
It is becoming increasingly crucial to develop methods and strategies to assess building performance under the changing climate and to yield a more sustainable and resilient design. However, the outputs of climate models have a coarse spatial and temporal resolution and cannot be used directly...
Measuring project's team culture in projects using the last planner system
The construction industry is known for bad project performance and a culture characterized by adversarial behaviours. The Last Planner System (LPS) is designed to improve these circumstances through the enhancement of workflow reliability by involving various disciplines in joint planning processes and a culture of...
Influencing change through a low carbon schools community program
In January 2016, a two-year Low Carbon School Pilot Program (LCSPP) was developed and launched in Perth, Western Australia. A total of 15 schools participated in the pilot - 10 primary schools and five high schools from around seven different local government areas. The aim...
Above-roof temperature impacts on heating penalties of large cool roofs in Australian climates: final report
This report outlines the key outcomes of research project RP1037u1 ‘Above-Roof Temperature Impacts on Heating Penalties of Large Cool Roofs in Australian Climates’, an extension to project RP1037 ‘Driving increased utilisation of cool roofs on large-footprint buildings’. The research has been focused on two key...
Creating an energy efficient mortgage for Europe: the supporting role of the green building sector
This guide from the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC’s) Europe network and EeMAP's partner E.ON sets out how they believe the sectors and stakeholders involved in delivering green buildings should support the growth of energy efficient mortgages.
2019 New York Getting to Zero Status Report
This Getting to Zero Status Report (the Status Report) offers building owners, tenants, design teams, contractors, and policymakers a summary of NZE commercial and multifamily buildings data in New York and how trends across the State compare with the national landscape. This Status Report provides...
Green Star for New Buildings – consultation paper
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) releases this Green Star for New Buildings consultation paper. Since it first launched to market in 2003, Green Star has been a transformational force for the sustainable built environment. More than 2,250 projects across Australia have now been...