World Green Building Week

World Green Building Week (24 - 30 September 2018) is an annual event that motivates and empowers us all to deliver greener buildings.

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.

#HomeGreenHome

Join the movement!

 

World Green Building Week (24 - 30 September 2018) is an annual event that motivates and empowers us all to deliver greener buildings.

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.

#HomeGreenHome

Join the movement!

 

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Across the world, evidence is growing that green buildings – and that includes the homes we live in – bring multiple benefits. They can help us to tackle climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions; help create sustainable communities and drive economic growth. And, for most of us, going green starts at home. You can start small – perhaps changing your light bulbs to LEDs – then make a different, bigger change each year – like switching to a low-carbon energy provider, upgrading to greener, energy saving appliances, or exploring ways to generate energy in your home, for example, through solar panels. It all adds up. Together, our individual actions make a collective impact. Here are just some of the reasons why green homes matter:

  • Saving energy: Green buildings that achieve the Green Star certification in Australia produce 62% fewer greenhouse gas emissions and use 51% less potable water than average buildings. In India, homes certified by the Indian Green Building Council save 40-50% more energy than conventional buildings.
  • Improving wellbeing: Research shows that better indoor air quality (low concentrations of CO2 and pollutants, and high ventilation rates) can boost productivity by up to 8%.
  • Growing investments: For landlords and building owners, green buildings – both new and renovated – command a 7% increase in asset value over traditional ones.

Green homes all look different. Some are designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable right from the start – they are built to use less water and energy. But whether you live in a high rise, a bungalow, a log cabin or a mud home, you can still make it greener. See below for some ideas of what you can do. It’s easy when you know how. 

 

  • Going green doesn’t have to cost the earth. Lower energy bills mean more money in your pocket. According to the European Commission, global energy efficiency measures could save up to €410 billion on energy spending.
  • The average US household spends around $2,000 on energy bills each year and between 10 and 20% of that could be going to waste as a result of drafts, air leaks around openings and outdated heating and cooling systems. Making standard efficiency improvements like sealing up air leaks, putting in insulation or installing programmable thermostats could put an extra $400 in your pocket.
  • Taking a shower uses around 80% less water than a bath. That’s a big saving on money, water and electricity over a year.

Going green is good for you! Every year the cost to European societies of the illnesses caused by unhealthy buildings is €82 billion, so action is needed to address both health and climate. And it’s not hard.

  • Natural light makes spaces healthier and cuts down on energy use. It reduces mould growth, improves sleep and boosts access to vitamin D.
  • We breathe around 11,000 litres of air a day, so quality matters. Using green materials, like carpets and paints with fewer toxins and chemicals, can really improve indoor air quality.
  • House plants remove toxins from the atmosphere, improve productivity and reduce stress. Whichever way you look at it, green is the healthiest colour.

Learn more about the health and wellbeing benefits of green buildings through our Better Places for People project research.

There are many ways you can make your home greener. And though your actions start at home, they shouldn’t stop there. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • As our communities grow, so does our need for energy and water. Cutting consumption at home helps you and your neighbour, and saves precious natural resources.
  • Simple upgrades, like switching to a low carbon energy provider, will save energy and money.
  • Lighten up! Make the most of natural light, replace your bulbs with LEDs and switch lights off when you go out.
  • Stay cool. Save energy by using ceiling fans, rather than air conditioning, and lowering the temperature on your thermostat.  
  • Using green materials like carpets and paints with fewer toxins and chemicals, can really improve indoor air quality. And as we breathe around 11,000 litres of air a day, quality matters.
  • Clean up by washing clothes on a cold setting and line drying your laundry.  
  • Our homes can help us use energy and water efficiently. Investing in the latest smart tech appliances is a smart move.  

 

There are many ways to make buildings, whether homes, offices, factories or schools, greener. Visit the “How to make buildings green” page on our website to find out the multiple ways to do so.  

You can also contact or visit the website of your local Green Building Council for more information. Find out if there is a GBC in your country by visiting the Member Directory on our website.

Share on social media:

  • Join the conversation using the hashtags #HomeGreenHome and #WGBW2018.
  • Make a #HomeGreenHome Promise and share it with our custom graphic or a photo. Example promises include:
    • I pledge to cut my energy use by 20% over a year. That’s my #HomeGreenHome promise.
    • I’m going to tell my work colleagues about #WGBW2018 over a lunch and learn. That’s my #HomeGreenHome promise.
    • I’m switching all my light bulbs to LEDs. That’s my #HomeGreenHome promise.
    • I’m going to turn the thermostat down and save energy and money. That’s my #HomeGreenHome promise.

Talk to your network about why green homes matter and urge them to join the #HomeGreenHome movement.

  • Host a #HomeGreenHome Open House event to raise awareness in your community. Think about inviting a local expert to share ideas.
  • Are you an engineer, building owner or product designer? Join your local Green Building Council for advice, information and best practices on greener homes. Find your local GBC here 
  • Talk to your neighbours about how you might be able to work together to save water and energy.
  • Find out more about Advancing Net Zero – our global project to achieve 100% net zero buildings by 2050 
  • Learn more about the health and wellbeing benefits of green buildings through our Better Places for People project research.
  • Use your website or blog to make resources available on green housing issues in your region, like renovations, mortgages and smart technology.  
  • If you’re responsible for developing or retrofitting homes, think about ways you can make them greener.
  • Read the UK Green Building Council’s report on health and wellbeing in homes as part of our Better Places for People campaign
  • Invite members of your network to take part in World Green Building Week by emailing them the #WGBW2018 How To Get Involved Guide