MEPs back near zero energy buildings by 2050

Member states will be required to develop national long term strategies to support cost-saving renovation of public and private buildings

‘Voluntary approach to energy efficiency in buildings not working’

Global businesses say legislation is needed to drive change in the sector

China partners with World Green Building Council to cut carbon

China is the largest building construction market globally, with up to two billion square metres constructed every year

Green groups team up for Kenya’s low carbon buildings

A green bonds organisation and an African sustainable building group have agreed to work together to stimulate the take-up of certified low carbon buildings in Kenya. The Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) and Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) say the buildings could be eligible for the use of proceeds of green bonds. The organisations say the […]

Barclays issues €500m green bond in ‘UK first’

Barclays has issued a €500 million (£441m) green bond claimed to be the first issued by a UK bank to fund domestic assets. The funds raised will be used to finance and refinance residential mortgages on properties in England and Wales, which are in the top 15% of the lowest carbon intensive buildings in these […]

EU bank lends €200m for green Swedish buildings

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending €200 million (£177m) for nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEB) in Sweden. Swedish real estate company Vasakronan will use to cash for the construction of a new NZEB as well as the refurbishment of a building complex in Stockholm to NZEB standards. The new Platinan block will include office space, […]

California’s new homes to be zero carbon by 2020

California has established a goal for all new residential buildings to be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020. The Department of Energy’s (DoE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has launched two projects to help the state meet these targets. The California Energy Commission (CEC) is providing $2 million (£1.56m) in funding for the two projects. The […]

How energy efficient are buildings in Dubai?

A new project to assess the energy performance of buildings in Dubai has been launched. Emirates Green Building Council (GBC) and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) have joined forced for the ‘Benchmarking Project’ of 100 buildings in the city. It will be done under the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) programme, part of the […]

New deal to see Mongolian buildings go sustainable

A deal has been signed to encourage, promote and develop green buildings in Mongolia. IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Construction and Urban Development (MCUD) to jointly develop mandatory regulations and voluntary policies for this purpose. The partners will also generate awareness and […]

Building giants back 2050 zero-emission target

Three major companies are backing a global campaign which aims to ensure all buildings are net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Engineering firm Integral Group, international property and infrastructure group Lendlease and product manufacturer ROCKWOOL Group have joined the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) initiative as official sponsors. The goal of the Advancing Net Zero […]