Environmental Leader (07/12/16) Hardcastle, Jessica Lyons
The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), in an attempt to reduce emissions from the building sector, is launching net zero building certification and training. The project, which has set a goal of having 100 percent of buildings be net zero by 2050, initially will involve green building councils (GBCs) in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Netherlands, South Africa, and Sweden. In addition, Architecture 2030, a nonprofit that works to reduce emissions from buildings, is partnering on the initiative. "The success of our ambitions to keep global warming to within 1.5 to 2 degrees will depend on our ability to advance net zero buildings," says WorldGBC CEO Terri Wills. Participating GBCs will develop action plans, with an aim to launch a national net zero certification as soon as possible. Each participating GBC also will create specific net zero training for green building professionals, and support the development of net zero demonstration projects within their own countries. Other long-term goals include having 75,000 professionals trained on net zero building by 2030 and 300,000 by 2050, and making sure all GBCs that operate certification programs have a net zero tool in place by 2030. Although the project initially will focus on certification and training, WorldGBC hopes it also will encourage businesses and governments to adopt ambitious targets on net zero buildings.